What a tuition freeze could mean in Texas

Several bills challenge increasing college costs for public universities across state

As the end of the school year approaches, many parents and seniors are trying to figure out how to pay for college in Texas, where tuition at public universities is rising an average of 6 percent per year, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, a state coordinating agency for higher education institutions.

In an attempt to address the rapid rise in tuition, dozens of bills have been filed this session in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives relating to tuition rules and regulations, including Senate Bills 18 and 19, which were named priorities by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

“Senate Bills 18 and 19 are critical to ensure higher education tuition and fees do not continue to outpace what hardworking Texans earn,” Patrick said. “Making college more affordable for all Texans continues to be one of my top priorities this legislative session.”

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Meet the new faces on Tomball, Magnolia city councils

Appointed members to be sworn in at May meetings

While Tomball and Magnolia city councils are both gaining new members this year, the residents in both cities will not vote for their new representatives.
The cities of Tomball and Magnolia have canceled local city elections originally scheduled for May 6, according to city officials. While a total of six positions were up for re-election on both councils, none were contested. As a result, both cities canceled their May elections and appointed new members to replace council members who did not run for re-election.

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John Ford will be sworn in as a Tomball City Council member May 15. Wendy Cawthon

Tomball City Council Member Field Hudgens announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. Hudgens was elected in 2011 and served two terms on Tomball City Council. Magnolia City Council Member Anne Sundquist will also not seek re-election. Sundquist was also elected in 2011 and served three terms.

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