Lone Star Success Stories

Charter Schools Doing Remarkably Well According to New Policy Brief from TXSmartSchools.org

November 10th, 2016

Donald Trump’s education plan proposes to redirect $20 billion in federal education spending towards school choice. The grants will favor states that have private school choice, magnet schools and charter schools. Which raises the obvious question: how are existing choice …

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Texas A&M to Maintain Education Accountability System

July 27th, 2015

Susan Combs to ensure underwriting of education best practice

Representatives of Texas A&M University today announced an agreement with Texans for Positive Economic Policy (TPEP) to maintain a measurement tool that helps Texans identify schools making the best use of …

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Lynette’s Texas Story

July 16th, 2015

I came to Texas in 1989 as a young private in the Army. I was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, and I fell in LOVE with Texas. It was the most amazing place I had ever been, and I swore …

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Groups File to Reclassify Endangered Species

July 1st, 2015

Scientific Evidence Indicates Ample Populations of “Endangered” Golden-Cheeked Warbler

On Monday, three groups filed an official petition requesting that the golden-cheeked warbler, a migratory songbird that nests only in Texas, be removed from the list of endangered and threatened species, …

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Texas Gets It Right

June 17th, 2015

The Texas Legislature ended its 84th regular session just a week or so ago, and, from the perspective of many of us, a lot was done that will help propel the state toward continue economic success. The fiscally conservative stance …

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June 3rd, 2015

by Susan Combs


In 2013, as Texas Comptroller, I was able to secure $5 million in funds from the Texas legislature for high-level, objective research in the endangered species area.  I truly believe the economic impact of an Endangered Species …

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The 4 Reasons We Chose to Retire in Texas

May 27th, 2015

Lee & Ann P.’s Texas Story

We are originally Chicagoans who had long planned to retire there when the time came. Last year, we did retire and decided to stay here in the Austin area. Many reasons were considered, but …

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Julie’s Texas Story

May 18th, 2015

At the ripe age of 22, I convinced my older, highly educated, fully-employed sister to quit her job, pack her things, and move to Washington, DC, with me. (She actually got there first, but who’s keeping score…) With an adventurous …

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Texans Aren’t Sheepish About Success

April 21st, 2015

I love the winter and early spring in Texas because, just like the bluebonnets, rodeos are blooming all across the state. One of my all time rodeo favorites is the mutton busting events for little kids, boys and girls, generally …

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The Texas Model

April 14th, 2015

Thanks to our state’s traditional ‘can do’ approach to life and business, Texas has long been the preferred destination for risk takers and entrepreneurs, including two very intelligent leaders from Sweden I met at the South by Southwest conference. They …

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