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Teachers, administrators and public school advocates gathered at the Texas Capitol to urge lawmakers to pass legislation increasing education funding, currently 20 percent lower than 2008 levels when adjusted for inflation. […] Read More

Standardized tests assess whether students have achieved grade-level knowledge and skills, thus determining how well teachers are educating children at grade-level. Or do they? […] Read More

Every few years, headlines proclaim that U.S. students don’t stack up well compared to international students, reinforcing a charge that our public educational system is broken. A closer look reveals that claim doesn’t hold water. […] Read More

State representatives, advocates and leaders of faith-based organizations in Texas gathered on the capitol steps for a human trafficking awareness and prevention rally. […] Read More

Texas lawmakers have found an issue around which to unite amid a polarized political climate: human trafficking. A bipartisan group of legislators gathered on Jan. 25, 2017, at the Texas Capitol for a press conference at which they committed to end human trafficking. Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) cited a newly released trafficking study estimating […] Read More

Waco, Texas, made national news again due to violence. This central Texas town of around 125,000 people is, unfortunately, more widely known due to violent incidents that have happened. Anyone unfamiliar with Texas or Baylor University likely knew little about Waco other than the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff. Case in point: When I requested information […] Read More

Human trafficking is a form of human slavery, said a Texas legislator at a press conference on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin on Thursday morning. Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) emphasized that “human trafficking is human slavery,” that “every one of God’s children has a right to live a full and free […] Read More

I quit driving a couple of years ago for health reasons; my driving was so bad that the health of others was in jeopardy. Just kidding (somewhat). Why I quit doesn’t matter. But I still had a valid driver’s license to take care of any identification needs that might arise. Even after the license expired […] Read More

I am Texan through and through. I was born in Mississippi, but I got here as quick as I could. I believe that barbecue ought to be eaten without sauce and that chili is better without beans. There is only one “America’s Team” and it resides in Texas. I believe cacti are pretty and coyotes […] Read More

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead,” reads […] Read More