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Cash-Strapped Texas School District Dumps 7 Confederate-Tied Campus Names

Controversy erupted at the cash-strapped Houston Independent School District Thursday when the board of trustees voted to change the names of seven of its schools originally named for Confederate war figures. At issue is how trustees handled the process, which left many Houstonians feeling disenfranchised and worried about the astronomical costs associated with the name changes. Some may sue.

A staff member of the Criminal Investigation Bureau checks screen captures of child pornography websites after a press conference in Taipei on August 29, 2013.   Dozens of local suspects will face prosecution for their alleged role in a nortorious international child pornography ring, in the island's biggest ever police crackdown on such crime, police said on August 29.  AFP PHOTO / Mandy Cheng        (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

No Bail for Texas Teacher Accused of Child Porn

A federal judge ordered a seventh grade Texas teacher charged with the receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography to remain in custody without bail while he awaits his trial next month amid details emerging about the suspect’s criminal history.

Fort Worth Superintendent Protest

School Superintendent Should Not Be ‘Social Engineer,’ Says Texas Lt. Gov.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke to media in Fort Worth Tuesday about parental rights, local control, the role of the school, and the job of the superintendent. On Monday Patrick called for the resignation of the Fort Worth Independent School District superintendent that unilaterally adopted transgender bathroom guidelines without public input.

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Texas Named Best State for Business 12-Years Running

For the 12th consecutive year, Chief Executive Magazine named Texas the nation’s best state for business. This year’s accolades come at a time when even more businesses either expanded their operations or relocated their headquarters to the Lone Star State.

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Texas Students Learn Zero Tolerance Policies Also Apply to Ponytails

In theory, school dress codes and grooming policies intend to thwart distractions by fostering conformity and compliance to an established norm but two Texas students in different parts of the state recently learned that sometimes sporting a ponytail can result in potential suspension or worse, expulsion, all because of school zero tolerance policies.

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Feds Indict 5 El Paso ISD Educators in Test Score Fraud Scheme

The FBI arrested five veteran Texas educators, all present or past employees of the El Paso Independent School District, after a federal grand jury indicted them on fraud charges Wednesday. They stand accused of their involvement in a test-cheating scheme to circumvent federal accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

Dallas Skyline

Overnight Storms Pound North Texas

While North Texas was not hit nearly as hard by the series of rainstorms as Houston, it has taken its own pounding. The latest bout of severe weather pummeled the region in the middle of the night, and of great concern is flooding in Parker and Wise counties, both already drenched from overflowing waterways. The National Weather Service called this round of April showers brief but hazardous.

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Texas A&M Unveils Proposed ‘Campus Carry’ Recommendations

The Texas A&M University System unveiled its proposed “campus carry” recommendations for implementation on Wed., Apr. 13. State law requires public universities have new rules in place to comply with the law passed as Senate Bill 11 (S.B. 11) during the Texas 84th Legislature in 2015. S.B. 11 goes into effect on August 1 for all state institutions of higher learning, except at community colleges where this change occurs on August 1, 2017.

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Student Celebrates Fame After School Cop Fired for Body Slamming Her

A Texas school district fired the campus police officer caught on tape allegedly body slamming a 12-year-old girl. They cited inconsistencies between the officer’s report of the incident and a 30-second cellphone video which captured it. Meanwhile, the purported victim appeared to brag about her newfound fame and fortune over social media following a national news appearance related to the incident.