Aliyya Swaby, Texa

Aliyya Swaby started as the public education reporter in October 2016. She came to the Tribune from the hyperlocal nonprofit New Haven Independent, where she covered education, zoning and transit for two years. After graduating from Yale University in 2013, she spent a year freelance reporting in Panama on social issues affecting black Panamanian communities. A native New Yorker, Aliyya misses public transportation but is thrilled by the lack of snow.

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The chambers will need to negotiate how to give teachers pay raises, whether to adjust how students take standardized tests and how to provide long-term property tax relief for Texans.

From The Texas Tribune:

Texas Legislature 2019

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The bill would increase state, school district and teacher contributions to the fund, and provide a one-time additional check for retirees.

From The Texas Tribune:

The Texas Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday that is designed to make the Teacher Retirement System pension fund financially healthy and give one-time checks to retired teachers.


 

For some in the debate over how to fund Texas' schools, "Robin Hood" is decidedly a villain.