AUSTIN (KXAN) - Governor Rick Perry has called state lawmakers back for a special session.
In this weeks In Session: In Depth show you'll see a hearing from a Committee on Redistricting - the only topic he's told them to address so far.
It's the process of redrawing voting maps. And in question are those the Republican-led legislature drew last session. Minority groups say they're discriminatory. The Supreme Court could hash that out as soon as next month.
But Perry wants state lawmakers to adopt the temporary maps drawn by a panel of judges for last year's elections. It could prevent more legal challenges and keep the state from moving its primary next year.
Remember, the governor can call a special session for any unfinished business for 30 days at a time... and some people suspect he'll add more conservative topics to the list, like:
A bill to require drug tests of people applying for welfare. A bill to allow CHL holders to carry their weapons into college classrooms. Legislation that would further restrict abortions. And another regarding school choice.
There's also a push for transportation. A new plan aims to fund highways and ease congestion for years to come. But it has a steep road ahead - including convincing the governor to even add it to the call.
They also approved a measure that lets students with CHLs keep their guns in their cars on college campuses.
Last session, it was school funding cuts that pushed lawmakers into a special session. Fast forward two years... and we're seeing a major move to restore that money.
More money and less tension at the Capitol meant schools fared better this session than last.
In 2011, lawmakers cut four billion dollars from schools because of a budget shortfall.
The new budget added 3.4 billion back.
And another measure took 1.75 billion from the Rainy Day Fund for what schools were already owed. Lawmakers also decided to overhaul what kids are learning in the classroom
The new change means the five subjects required for graduation would include English 1, English 2, Biology, Algebra 1 and U.S. History.
Supporters say it means teachers will be assessing their students with courses to prepare them for college and the workforce... rather than a massive amount of tests.
That will certainly make parents, students and teachers happy - plus the number of those standardized tests will drop.
To graduate from a high school in Texas, students have to pass 15 tests - more than any other state. But lawmakers' decided to cut that number to just five.
This is a battle our Education Reporter Erin Cargile has been following closely.
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