School contractor dust-up, school electioneering, Montrose district dissolved

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The Texas Monitor Week in Review: 3.25.2018

This week on The Texas Monitor: Public schools sought to ban vendors who did charter school work; A look at Paxton's school electioneering claims; Montrose Management District dissolved; Special district considers new legal read on State Rep. Jim Murphy.

Posted by The Texas Monitor on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Texas public school districts earlier this year sought to exclude vendors from contracts based on a company’s work for charter schools, according to emails and documents obtained by The Texas Monitor.

What began with a state senator’s effort to stop what he thought might be illegal politicking by teachers and administrators in several Texas school districts has, after four months and a primary election, defied any simple resolution.

In a milestone decision, the Montrose Management District in Houston caved under pressure from local taxpayer activists and dissolved, marking perhaps the first time in state history that a Texas government entity has been forced to shutter by its own citizens.

The board of a municipal taxing district overseen by state Rep. Jim Murphy is exploring its options regarding his tenure, including obtaining a new state attorney general opinion on the legality of the arrangement.

Who will be the next House Speaker?

Check out our profiles of State Reps. Phil King, John Zerwas, and Tan Parker.

Have a tip? Contact Editor Trent Seibert at [email protected]

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