File this under State Board of Education news that isn't depressing and won't cause you to despair for Texas public education. The SBOE passed long-overdue rules Friday aimed at giving priority to the placement of experts and teachers with actual subject-matter expertise on textbook review panels. I ... More >>
It's only a modest card table and a couple of folding chairs. Just past the newly placed jewelry cases, the gaudy and beautiful rings and brooches sit nearby a wall of crowns waiting for an Easter service or a Derby party. You will pass a dog and there sits Melinda. She smiles bright when you walk u ... More >>
You know the Liberty Institute as the group that has steered Plano's infamous Candy Cane Case through the courts. More recently, it's championed the cause of Angela Hildenbrand, the Texas high school student who wanted to pray during her valedictory speech. As part of its work, in 2004 the nonprofi ... More >>
If you've been hiding under an especially sturdy and soundproof rock for the past month, perhaps you missed out on the increasingly bitter national debate over contraception coverage. Lucky for you, U.S. Representative Ralph Hall has taken a break from doubting global warming and talking about how i ... More >>
Turns out, Rick Perry was right after all.What you see at right is a slide I received last night from a fellow Dallas Independent School District parent. It was, until this morning, available on the district's Curriculum Central website, accessible only to teachers and administration and a resour ... More >>
Two weeks ago Bill Zedler, state rep for District 96 in Arlington, tossed into the legislative heap House Bill 2454, which would prohibit "discrimination by public institutions of higher education against faculty members and students based on their conduct of research relating to intelligent desi ... More >>
Seems we weren't the only ones following the case of the Institute for Creation Research v. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; so too was The Chronicle of Higher Education, which alerts our attention to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks handed down Friday that has closed the case ... More >>
Brandon ThibodeauxJose MercedThe sleepy suburb of Euless seems an odd spot for a battle over goat sacrifice. Perhaps that's what first attracted us to the story of Jose Merced, a commercial flight attendant who also happens to be a high priest in the Afro-Cuban religion called Santería, in which ... More >>
Couldn't help myself -- just had to get on PACER for a status update on the Institute for Creation Research's lawsuit against the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. No doubt you recall the reason for the litigation filed in April in Dallas federal court: The Royal Lane-based ICR claims th ... More >>
Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but for one mainstream Mormon, the effects linger
Wednesday, September 26, at the Granada Theater
Again, this is probably a subject better tackled by Bible Girl, but the Texas Freedom Network just shot over a press release concerning House Bill 1287, which was introduced in February by Friend of Passover State Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) and would require every public high school in the state t ... More >>
As of about one hour ago, the Plano Independent School District is involved in two lawsuits claiming the district is violating its students' religious freedom. Well known is the case Morgan, et al. v. Plano Independent School District, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Sherman in 2004 after ... More >>
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