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As Texas school choice looms, public schools use tax dollars for image rehab

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Public school districts always claim that schools would be better, students would learn better if only more education dollars were available. Yet now, as growing school choice support brings new threats to the education industry’s monopolistic hold on public dollars, read how some districts are using current funds. From Watchdog Arena: As school districts face Keep Reading…

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Legislative committee appointment prompts conflict of interest questions (TX)

The Texas Legislature is moving into high gear and school choice once again promises to be a contentious issue. From Watchdog Arena: Despite strong public support, school choice will once more find vigorous opposition in the newly convened Texas Legislature. Conflicts over ideology, motivations–financial and professional–and even academic achievement are to be expected. One relationship Keep Reading…

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Texas Taxpayer Savings Grant offers school choice, economic opportunity

Might school choice finally be on its way to Texas? Check out the incredible economic opportunities economist Art Laffer foresees if the Lone Star State moves forward with a proposed Taxpayer Savings Grant Program. From Watchdog Arena: The Texas Economy and School Choice, a new Laffer Associates study jointly commissioned by the Texas Public Policy Keep Reading…

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EoD winter hiatus underway

Today marks the start of a winter hiatus here at Estate of Denial®. Aside from a few columns for which inspiration may strike, we’ll resume regular posting of articles mid-January. We hope everyone has a safe and joyous holiday season. See you in the new year!

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Law Society withdraws guidance on sharia wills (UK)

The Law Society has withdrawn guidance on how to prepare sharia-compliant wills following criticism from solicitors and the justice secretary, Chris Grayling. Recorded debates about the procedures have also been removed from the society’s website. The U-turn was announced by the organisation’s president, Andrew Caplen, who said: “Our practice note was intended to support members Keep Reading…

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‘Vanished’ millionaire Guma Aguiar’s estate divided among heirs (FL)

The estate of Guma Aguiar, the Jewish philanthropist who disappeared off Fort Lauderdale in June, 2012, has been divided among his heirs by a Florida court, reports Yediot Aharonot. The court approved a compromise agreed upon by Aguiar’s wife, Jamie, and his mother, Ellen, along with his sisters Adriana and Angelika. The sides had been Keep Reading…

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Probate judge says her salary was illegally reduced (TX)

A Galveston County judge is suing over claims her salary was unlawfully reduced. Kimberly Sullivan, a judge in Probate Court of Galveston County, filed a lawsuit Oct. 17 in Galveston County District Court against the Galveston County Commissioners Court. According to the complaint, on Sept. 9, the Commissioners Court, which includes County Judge Mark Henry Keep Reading…

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