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Texas Supreme Court: petitioners’ rights ignored with Houston ‘equal rights ordinance’ challenge

Estate of Denial

A new Texas Supreme Court ruling found the city of Houston violated petitioners’ rights when it ignored a valid petition effort and, instead, passed a controversial equal rights ordinance. The city must now either repeal the ordinance or place it on the November ballot. In noting City Secretary Anna Russell’s certification of a 2014 petition Keep Reading…

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TEA Snapshot data offers view of Bell County ISDs (TX)

Newly released Texas Education Agency Snapshot: School District Profiles provide valuable district-generated data offering insight as to the performance and spending trends of our state’s 1,200+ school districts. These latest reports document the 2013-2014 school year. Their review can suggest to Bell County and other Texas parents, employers and engaged citizens just how much “bang” Keep Reading…

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Rest in Peace Latifa Ring

It is with sadness that we share news regarding the passing of elder and guardianship abuse activist Latifa Ring. From the Houston Chronicle: Latifa Sefiane Ring 1955-2015 Latifa Sefiane Ring, 59, of Houston went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, July 19, 2015. She was born December 23, 1955 in Morocco. She is preceded Keep Reading…

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Texas Ed Agency updates school district performance, spending ‘snapshots’

The Texas Education Agency has posted its Snapshot: School District Profiles data for the 2013-2014 school year. Not only does this district-generated data offer insight as to the performance and spending trends of the state’s 1,200+ school districts, but it can also help engaged taxpayers gauge their return on education dollars. A Snapshot summary gives Keep Reading…

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Texas cities offer immigration sanctuary

Sanctuary cities, along with select counties and even states, often shield criminal aliens from federal immigration law enforcement including deportation actions. They are the focus of new nationwide controversy as an alleged illegal alien suspect arrested in the murder of Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman shot dead July 1 in San Francisco, appears to have Keep Reading…

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State education proficiency gaps exposed

Proficiency gaps suggest an inflation of performance outcomes within today’s education industry. Sitting in a classroom doesn’t guarantee proficiency. Neither does a passing grade nor a diploma. From Watchdog Arena: Proficiency. It’s what makes an education useful. States track proficiency levels, but new research from Foundation for Excellence in Education shows how variances in state tests and Keep Reading…

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Texas financial health – a mixed bag

Some folks think government’s spending spree never has to end. And some folks just don’t think at all. Nonetheless, our latest drum-beating on the need for fiscal vigilance. From Watchdog Arena: Though problem areas bear watching, Texas’ financial health comes in at #19 among U.S. states according to a new Ranking the States by Fiscal Keep Reading…

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