Texas Lunch Links: AISD Bonds, Internet Privacy, and High Stakes Testing

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Texas Lunch Links is a lunchtime buffet of interesting Texas News and Views with a heavy emphasis on happenings at the Texas Legislature.

HIGHER EDUCATION: African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to go into debt while earning a doctorate in the sciences than their white and Asian counterparts, according to a new study.

EDUCATION: The Texas Senate approved a big education bill on Monday. Differences between the bill and its House companion still have to be ironed out.

AUSTIN SCHOOL BONDS: Today is the last day to early vote in May elections across Texas, and Austin Independent School District has four bonds for consideration on the ballot. Burnt Orange Report has endorsed all four propositions. The Committee for Austin's Children produced the following ad supporting AISD bonds 1-4.

Read more Texas Lunch Links below the fold!WEST, TEXAS: Investigators have identified ammonium nitrate as the likely source of the deadly and destructive West Fertilizer Co. explosion.

INTERNET PRIVACY: Police in Texas would need a warrant to make Internet service providers turn over emails older than 180 days under legislation tentatively approved by the Texas House yesterday.

SWITCHBLADES: Switchblade knives may soon be legal in Texas.

ONLINE SHOPPING: A bill that would more broadly implement sales tax collection requirements on online retailers, many of whom have for years avoided paying state sales taxes, cleared the United States Senate on Monday.

RICK PERRY'S DANGEROUS DANCE: Should a longtime Perry fundraiser be setting up times for Perry to call big donors when it's illegal for the governor and lawmakers to raise money 30 days before a legislative session and 20 days after?


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