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Public school districts in Texas as in Colorado this year have filed suit to stop the cash-strapped state from raiding the education budget. Coloradans will be interested in the latest developments in the Lone Star state. A proposed series of tax credits for the oil industry would drain even more funds from the schools there. The credits would give back roughly $150 million to oil refinery operators, part of a "business friendly" policy championed by GOP governor-turned-presidential-candidate Rick Perry. Adding insult to injury, the state is asking certain school districts to give back money they've already received in order to fund the oil-company give-backs.
A caravan that environmentalist and renowned climate-change writer Bill McKibben calls the “largest collective act of civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement” will roll through Boulder and Denver next week to protest the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast of Texas.