Friday the 13th for Texas Kids

Ann Beeson

The Texas Supreme Court forecast a scary future for Texas kids with their Friday the 13th school finance decision last week. While the Court repeatedly acknowledged serious flaws in how we support public education, they refused to do anything about it. What’s the point of having a right to education enshrined in the Texas Constitution, […]

Ready for a School Finance Solution

Chandra Villanueva

The right to a free public education is enshrined in Texas’ constitution to “promote the general diffusion of knowledge,” which is “essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people.” The earliest Texans knew that the state needed well-educated people who could ensure Texas’ growth and prosperity, benefiting the state as a […]

Beautiful, messy ole’ democracy

Winston Churchill once quipped that “democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.” Like many Americans, I celebrated the Fourth of July this year with extra gusto and renewed faith in our democracy. The Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guaranties the right to same-sex marriage, upheld subsidies […]

After the School Finance Ruling: What Does it Mean for Texas?

Chandra Villanueva

Nearly two years after the filing of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas school finance system, District Court Judge John Dietz issued his final ruling. Not surprisingly, for those who follow education issues in Texas, he found the school finance system to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it is inadequate, inefficient, and […]

The Supreme Court Takes Up Women’s Contraceptive Insurance Benefits

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit involving women’s preventive health care benefits guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  At issue is whether for-profit employers can opt out of covering contraception in their health insurance plans  if the business owner has a religious objection to birth control.  The ACA requires most […]

OP-ED: Health Reform Ruling is Good for Texas

Between interviews, conference calls and deciphering the Supreme Court’s opinion to uphold the Affordable Care Act, our associate director and health care guru Anne Dunkelberg wrote this guest column for the Texas Tribune: Health Reform Ruling is Good for Texas Thursday’s court ruling, is, to paraphrase the vice president, a really big deal for the country […]

SCOTUS liveblog watch party

SCOTUS liveblog watch party

The CPPP health care team gathered around the monitor this morning – tacos, donuts and coffee in tow – to watch the Supreme Court’s live blog for a potential decision regarding the Affordable Care Act.

With no decision posted today, looks like we’ll be having another watch party on Thursday! Check out the SCOTUS liveblog for Thursday’s action starting at 9 a.m. central time!