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State to hand over foster care services in Bexar County, Abilene areas
 State officials announced Tuesday that they will relinquish major foster care services in Bexar County as well as 30 counties in the Abilene area to a nonprofit or local governmental entity. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will issue a request for applications in the Abilene area this month and for Bexar County in November...

Posted: 3 days ago

State officials announced Tuesday that they will relinquish major foster care services in Bexar County as well as 30 counties in the Abilene area to a nonprofit or local governmental entity. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will issue a request for applications in the Abilene area this month and for Bexar County in November...
Harvey an additional obstacle for Texas students with disabilities
 Disability rights advocates are urging families of special education students who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey to brush up on the kinds of services they are entitled to in public school. Advocates and families of children with disabilities have expressed concerns about replacing assistive technology in storm-damaged schools; children...

Posted: 7 days ago

Disability rights advocates are urging families of special education students who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey to brush up on the kinds of services they are entitled to in public school. Advocates and families of children with disabilities have expressed concerns about replacing assistive technology in storm-damaged schools; children...
STATESMAN EXCLUSIVE: Improper teacher-student relationship cases soar
 Amid increasing scrutiny from top state officials of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students, the number of such cases has jumped for the ninth year in a row. In the one-year period that ended Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency opened 302 cases against public teachers who have been accused of having improper relationships...

Posted: 8 days ago

Amid increasing scrutiny from top state officials of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students, the number of such cases has jumped for the ninth year in a row. In the one-year period that ended Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency opened 302 cases against public teachers who have been accused of having improper relationships...
STATESMAN EXCLUSIVE: Improper teacher-student relationship cases soar
 Amid increasing scrutiny from top state officials of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students, the number of such cases has jumped for the ninth year in a row. In the one-year period that ended Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency opened 302 cases against public teachers who have been accused of having improper relationships...

Posted: 8 days ago

Amid increasing scrutiny from top state officials of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students, the number of such cases has jumped for the ninth year in a row. In the one-year period that ended Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency opened 302 cases against public teachers who have been accused of having improper relationships...
Some Texas schools districts still struggling to reopen after Harvey
 Most Texas school districts in counties hit by Harvey have opened, but officials at eight school districts in the Beaumont area as well as some in and around Corpus Christi haven’t started classes yet. State Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education on Wednesday that more than 1.4 million public school students...

Posted: 9 days ago

Most Texas school districts in counties hit by Harvey have opened, but officials at eight school districts in the Beaumont area as well as some in and around Corpus Christi haven’t started classes yet. State Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education on Wednesday that more than 1.4 million public school students...
After tossing ‘racist’ textbook, state board considers new one
 After rejecting a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that critics lambasted as a racist portrayal of Latinos, the State Board of Education is considering adopting another textbook. The board last November tossed “Mexican American Heritage” from a list of recommended textbooks, reopening bids for other books. The board...

Posted: 9 days ago

After rejecting a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that critics lambasted as a racist portrayal of Latinos, the State Board of Education is considering adopting another textbook. The board last November tossed “Mexican American Heritage” from a list of recommended textbooks, reopening bids for other books. The board...
HURRICANE HARVEY: Some damaged Texas schools still closed
 Most Texas school districts in counties hit by Harvey have opened or will soon reopen, but officials at eight school districts in the Beaumont area as well as some in the Corpus Christi area still aren’t sure when they’ll start classes. State Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education Wednesday morning...

Posted: 9 days ago

Most Texas school districts in counties hit by Harvey have opened or will soon reopen, but officials at eight school districts in the Beaumont area as well as some in the Corpus Christi area still aren’t sure when they’ll start classes. State Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education Wednesday morning...
State education board considers another Mexican American studies book
 After rejecting a proposed Mexican American studies textbook that critics lambasted as a racist portrayal of Latinos, the State Board of Education on Wednesday will consider adopting another textbook. The board last November tossed “Mexican American Heritage” from a list of recommended textbooks, reopening bids for other books...

Posted: 9 days ago

After rejecting a proposed Mexican American studies textbook that critics lambasted as a racist portrayal of Latinos, the State Board of Education on Wednesday will consider adopting another textbook. The board last November tossed “Mexican American Heritage” from a list of recommended textbooks, reopening bids for other books...
Nearly a week after Harvey’s exit, floodwaters persist in some areas
 Nearly a week after the rain stopped, floodwaters still covered major roads in Southeast Texas on Tuesday, threatening to submerge even the highest clearance pickups. In Orange County, across the Sabine River from Louisiana, damaged furniture was piled high on curbs in Bridge City, where Hurricane Ike had wreaked havoc nine years before....

Posted: 17 days ago

Nearly a week after the rain stopped, floodwaters still covered major roads in Southeast Texas on Tuesday, threatening to submerge even the highest clearance pickups. In Orange County, across the Sabine River from Louisiana, damaged furniture was piled high on curbs in Bridge City, where Hurricane Ike had wreaked havoc nine years before....
Nearly a week after Harvey’s exit, floodwaters persist in some areas
 Nearly a week after the rain stopped, floodwaters still covered major roads in Southeast Texas on Tuesday, threatening to submerge even the highest clearance pickups. In Orange County, across the Sabine River from Louisiana, damaged furniture was piled high on curbs in Bridge City, where Hurricane Ike had wreaked havoc nine years before....

Posted: 17 days ago

Nearly a week after the rain stopped, floodwaters still covered major roads in Southeast Texas on Tuesday, threatening to submerge even the highest clearance pickups. In Orange County, across the Sabine River from Louisiana, damaged furniture was piled high on curbs in Bridge City, where Hurricane Ike had wreaked havoc nine years before....
As floodwaters recede, Beaumont area residents look toward recovery
 The Beaumont area, 90 miles east of Houston, has seen hurricanes over the past decade rip the community to shreds. But city and county officials said nothing has compared with the wreckage left by Tropical Storm Harvey. Between Aug. 24 and Friday, up to 49 inches of rain fell, covering rooftops in the northern part of the city and the western...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Beaumont area, 90 miles east of Houston, has seen hurricanes over the past decade rip the community to shreds. But city and county officials said nothing has compared with the wreckage left by Tropical Storm Harvey. Between Aug. 24 and Friday, up to 49 inches of rain fell, covering rooftops in the northern part of the city and the western...
Water service, refinery operations not yet fully restored in Beaumont
 BEAUMONT — As flood waters started to recede from the Beaumont area on Monday, local officials are narrowing their focus on recovery efforts. Over the last two days, the percentage of 876-square-mile Jefferson County that is under water has reduced from 50 percent to about 15 percent, estimates county judge Jeff Branick. Officials are...

Posted: 18 days ago

BEAUMONT — As flood waters started to recede from the Beaumont area on Monday, local officials are narrowing their focus on recovery efforts. Over the last two days, the percentage of 876-square-mile Jefferson County that is under water has reduced from 50 percent to about 15 percent, estimates county judge Jeff Branick. Officials are...
HURRICANE HARVEY: As flooding continues, Beaumont’s water supply fails
 In Beaumont, a Southeast Texas city of 118,000 about 75 miles east of Houston, the problem is simple, stark and stifling: too little drinking water caused by too much floodwater. After Tropical Storm Harvey in the past days caused severe flooding throughout the area, residents awoke Thursday to another crisis that would send officials scrambling...

Posted: 22 days ago

In Beaumont, a Southeast Texas city of 118,000 about 75 miles east of Houston, the problem is simple, stark and stifling: too little drinking water caused by too much floodwater. After Tropical Storm Harvey in the past days caused severe flooding throughout the area, residents awoke Thursday to another crisis that would send officials scrambling...
HARVEY RECOVERY: Estimated Harris County death toll rises to 32
 10:50 p.m. update: As the Harris County medical examiner continues to conduct autopsies on people who died during Hurricane Harvey or its aftermath, the county’s estimated death toll has risen to 32. The medical examiner has confirmed that 25 people died due to Harvey’s destruction, and there are an additional seven deaths...

Posted: 23 days ago

10:50 p.m. update: As the Harris County medical examiner continues to conduct autopsies on people who died during Hurricane Harvey or its aftermath, the county’s estimated death toll has risen to 32. The medical examiner has confirmed that 25 people died due to Harvey’s destruction, and there are an additional seven deaths...
STORM UPDATE: 4 additional Harvey victims identified
 10:30 p.m. update: Harris County officials have released the names of four additional victims who died as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Most of the victims in Houston drowned, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences announced Wednesday. The youngest victim identified in Houston so far was 25; the oldest was 89. Five are women, and...

Posted: 23 days ago

10:30 p.m. update: Harris County officials have released the names of four additional victims who died as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Most of the victims in Houston drowned, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences announced Wednesday. The youngest victim identified in Houston so far was 25; the oldest was 89. Five are women, and...
In Refugio, Hurricane Harvey ‘will sting for a long time.’
 As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage the Houston area, rural communities hit hard by the storm as it roared through South Texas last weekend are beginning the arduous road to recovery. In Refugio County — home to about 7,000 people — winds crumpled a Shell gas station into a pile of yellow and white metal. They flipped...

Posted: 24 days ago

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage the Houston area, rural communities hit hard by the storm as it roared through South Texas last weekend are beginning the arduous road to recovery. In Refugio County — home to about 7,000 people — winds crumpled a Shell gas station into a pile of yellow and white metal. They flipped...
In Refugio, Hurricane Harvey ‘will sting for a long time.’
 As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage the Houston area, rural communities hit hard by the storm as it roared through South Texas last weekend are beginning the arduous road to recovery. In Refugio County — home to about 7,000 people — winds crumpled a Shell gas station into a pile of yellow and white metal. They flipped...

Posted: 24 days ago

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage the Houston area, rural communities hit hard by the storm as it roared through South Texas last weekend are beginning the arduous road to recovery. In Refugio County — home to about 7,000 people — winds crumpled a Shell gas station into a pile of yellow and white metal. They flipped...
As Austin braces for flooding, it opens doors for Harvey evacuees
 As Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Texas’ shores Friday, the Austin area readied itself for an influx of evacuees from the storm’s destructive path and a heavy drenching that should last through Tuesday. Although Harvey had become a Category 4 storm packing 130 mph winds Friday evening, the National Weather Service estimated...

Posted: 28 days ago

As Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Texas’ shores Friday, the Austin area readied itself for an influx of evacuees from the storm’s destructive path and a heavy drenching that should last through Tuesday. Although Harvey had become a Category 4 storm packing 130 mph winds Friday evening, the National Weather Service estimated...
Non-criminal ICE sweeps won’t occur at storm shelters, evacuation sites
 Federal immigration officials won’t be arresting people with non-criminal backgrounds suspected of being in the country illegally at evacuation sites or shelters during Hurricane Harvey. “Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or...

Posted: 28 days ago

Federal immigration officials won’t be arresting people with non-criminal backgrounds suspected of being in the country illegally at evacuation sites or shelters during Hurricane Harvey. “Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or...
Lawmakers provide little extra money for Austin-area school districts
 Despite talk of teacher raises and a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Texas House that would have infused $1.8 billion into Texas schools, lawmakers left Austin this week without moving the needle much on education funding. At the end of the 29-day special legislative session this week, the Legislature passed a scaled back version of House...

8:33 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Despite talk of teacher raises and a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Texas House that would have infused $1.8 billion into Texas schools, lawmakers left Austin this week without moving the needle much on education funding. At the end of the 29-day special legislative session this week, the Legislature passed a scaled back version of House...
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