Texas Legislature

Time Ran Out on Virtual School Funding Bill in Texas Legislature, Schofield Says

State Rep. Mike Schofield (photo courtesy Mike Schofield)

By George Slaughter Time ran out on the Texas Legislature passing a virtual school funding bill, state Rep. Mike Schofield said Friday. Schofield, R-Houston, has a district that includes much of the Katy area. He said a virtual school funding bill passed the Senate, but had not reached the House as time ran out on the legislative session. The Texas Legislature meets in regular session for 140 days every two years. Schofield said this year’s […]

Citing Lack of State Funds, Katy ISD Will Not Offer a Virtual High School

By George Slaughter The Texas Legislature did not pass legislation to provide funding for virtual schools, and as a result the Katy Independent School District said it is unable to provide a virtual high school option to its students this fall. The legislature’s regular session ended May 31. Gov. Greg Abbott has not called a special session, nor is it immediately clear whether virtual school funding would be on that agenda. In a special session, […]

City Working to Authorize CMV-Certified Officer

By George Slaughter Given Katy’s growth, it’s to be expected that commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)—concrete trucks, construction trucks, dump trucks, and 18-wheelers—are on the streets. But not all roads and bridges are graded for some CMVs. In other cases, trucks can be overloaded and spill debris. Roads get damaged and other safety issues might arise. “Trucks are not made to carry 100,000 pounds,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “Drivers and the owners of trucks get paid […]

Schofield Holds Town Meetings, Reports on Legislative Activities

State Rep. Mike Schofield (photo courtesy Mike Schofield)

By George Slaughter State Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Houston, said he voted for a controversial Houston city pension reform bill because he didn’t want to see two of the city’s three pensions go broke. Schofield shared his views in a town hall meeting Thursday night at Katy City Hall, 901 Avenue C. Schofield’s district includes the portion of the City of Katy that falls within Harris County. Schofield said Houston has pension plans for firefighters, police, […]