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From the Trib:

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling upholding the state’s public school funding system as constitutional, while asserting it could be better. 

“Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement. But it satisfies minimum constitutional requirements,” Justice Don Willett wrote in the court’s 100-page opinion, which asserted that the court’s “lenient standard of review in this policy-laden area counsels modesty.”

“The judicial role is not to second-guess whether our system is optimal, but whether it is constitutional,” the ruling said.

Here is the entire story: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/05/13/texas-supreme-court-issues-school-finance-ruling/.

I have said it before, school finance  has been the mother of all state public policy issues for close to fifty years now.

Meanwhile, as Commentary writes this, our Lieutenant Governor is fixing to hold a press conference on bathrooms. I am glad our top elected officials have their priorities in order.

This is a headline form a Houston Press story today on the HISD meeting yesterday:

New Names Finalized For 7 Schools in an Extraordinarily Calm HISD Meeting

Here is the start of the story:

Perhaps aided by the absence of trustee Jolanda Jones, who was attending her son’s college graduation out of state, the Houston ISD board of education moved things along Thursday night refraining from too much more rhetoric before voting to approve all the proposed name changes at seven district schools.

Why am I not surprised? That says it all, I guess.

Here is the Press story on the meeting: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/new-names-finalized-for-7-schools-in-an-extraordinarily-calm-hisd-meeting-8399683.

Ok, so there are nine HISD trustees and Jones was absent. So check these tweets from yesterday evening:

Houston News Retweeted

Tracy Clemons ‏@TracyABC13 43m43 minutes ago

#HISD voted 7-4 to change the name of Reagan to Heights High School


Houston News Retweeted

Tracy Clemons ‏@TracyABC13 54m54 minutes ago

#HISD board votes 6-4 to change Stonewall Jackson Middle School to Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School.

Hmm. 11 votes and 10 votes. How did that happen?

Dallas Keuchel was rocked last night at Fenway. He now has a 5.58 ERA. What was his ERA last season?

One of the Killer Bees left us a couple of days ago. Former Dem State Senator Chet Brooks passed. Here is the Chron obit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=chester-brooks&pid=179970009&fhid=5106.

I am thinking the Obama administration’s decision to get involved in the transgender student issue is a preemptive strike. Playing offense is always better than playing defense. It is good move on their part.

This is from a NY Times story today:

Donald J. Trump said Friday that he doesn’t believe voters have a right to see his tax returns, and insisted it’s “none of your business” when pressed on what tax rate he himself pays — a question that tripped up Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race.

Now this will bite him in the arse. Just wait and see.

He can flip flop on the Muslim ban and building a wall, but not on releasing your tax returns.

Last season, Keuchel had a 2.48 ERA of course.

Check this out from the Chron beat writer covering the ‘Stros:

Jake Kaplan ‏@jakemkaplan 57m57 minutes ago

Jose Altuve has more extra-base hits (9) and RBI (6) in the first innings of games than Carlos Gomez has all season.

We are eight games out of first. Can you believe that?

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