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U. Texas Anti-Trump Demonstration Promises Social Justice ‘Twerkshop’

An eclectic array of protests are scheduled to take place across Texas in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration, promising to galvanize a gamut of outrage in social justice marches, civil rights group demonstrations, college and high school student actions, women’s rights rallies, and feminist empowerment “twerking” sessions.

Nine Indiana Schools Close After Bomb Threats

‘Community Schools’ Bill Hopes to Derail Texas Charters

One Texas lawmaker’s bill, if passed during the 2017 legislative session, stands to derail school choice options for failing campuses by taking them down a progressive community schools path and bypassing existing options that include re-purposing a campus as a public charter school.

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Black Texas ‘Pool Party’ Teen Sues City for $5M

The bikini-clad black teenage girl seen in a 2015 video where a white police officer wrestled her to the ground at a Texas pool party filed a federal lawsuit claiming the officer used excessive force. She seeks $5 million in damages.

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Hack Impacts 23K in Texas School District

The personal information of thousands may have been compromised by a security breach in San Antonio’s largest school district, only it happened in August and the affected students and staffers are first learning about it now.

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CDC Awards Texas $10M to Fight Zika

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded nearly $10 million to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston to study emerging and exotic pathogens such as Zika. This announcement came as Texas reported its sixth locally-transmitted case of the virus.

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6-Year-Old Texan Donates Birthday Presents to Needy Kids for Christmas

A six-year-old Texas girl turned her own heartache into a very special Christmas for the less fortunate by donating her birthday presents to homeless and foster children. On the surface, this seems a noble deed, but is actually a Capraesque tale of heartbreak and disappointment transformed by a community’s random act of kindness.

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Texas Schools Rebuff ‘A-F’ Ratings

An increasing number of Texas school boards are pushing back against the State’s revamped public school accountability system by passing resolutions that call for lawmakers to repeal a new A-F ratings scale.

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Texas Shows Drop in Failing Schools

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its annual Public Education Grant (PEG) List that identifies failing schools across the state. The new list reflected almost a 10 percent decrease from last year’s dismal findings but remains noticeably higher than two years ago.