The Week in the Rearview Mirror

The constitutional challenge to the state's school finance system was back in court with arguments over whether the Legislature's restoration of some of the $5.4 billion in cuts from 2011 were enough to satisfy school districts' demands. The court heard testimony first from school finance expert Lynn Moak, who said funding remains inadequate.

The Texas Department of Insurance finalized rules on enhanced training requirements and background checks on health care "navigators." The number of state-required training hours was reduced to 20 hours from an original proposal of 40 hours. A $50 registration fee for each navigator was also eliminated.

The execution of a Mexican national in Texas despite pressure by the Mexican government grabbed headlines. All three GOP candidates for attorney general — Dan Branch, Ken Paxton and Barry Smitherman — later said they supported the decision by Texas officials to go ahead with the execution.

Former death row inmate Anthony Graves, who who spent 18 years behind bars before being exonerated, announced that he was filing a grievance against the man who prosecuted him, alleging prosecutorial misconduct.

Texas' recent designation as one of six test states for a federal project that seeks to expand the use of drones is spotlighting how far apart border lawmakers are on using more unmanned aircraft for border security. Some argue in favor of using drones as alternative to fencing while others worry about the potential to violate Texans' civil liberties.

The Texas comptroller's office will use $5 million appropriated by state legislators to fund university-centered research on three species — freshwater mussels, the spot-tailed earless lizard and the desert massasaugas — at risk of being classified as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

An Arizona-based company plans to build a 22-megawatt solar plant in West Texas. When it's up and running — officials say the plant could be online as soon as June — it will rank among the state's largest.