One of the least popular bits in Texas’ new testing regime is the “15 percent rule,” which requires that part of a high school student’s grade in a class—15 percent of it, to be precise—be tied to their score on …
Monthly Archives: November 2012
Every so often, the GOP is beaten badly enough that some Republicans realize that appearing to support immigrants might be their ticket to relevancy with Latinos. That time has come again for retiring U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Arizona). The pair recently filed an alternative to the DREAM Act called the ACHIEVE Act.
Seek first the obscure Conjunto music you desire, and ye shall find your refuge in the two-year-
old Rancho Alegre radio blog.
Melissa del Bosque interviews Marry Cuddehe, the first journalist to take an in-depth look into the mysterious shooting of ICE agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico.
Tonight, the Texas Observer’s own Melissa del Bosque will moderate a free public forum in Houston called “The True Cost of Environmental Justice.” At issue is Texas’ longstanding pro-business approach to regulation—which is to say, not having it—and whether the …
As serendipity would have it, I had stumbled onto the latest mutant creature in the wild and wooly world of Texas payday lending. “What you’ve come across is really important,” said Ann Baddour of Texas Appleseed. “It looks like they have found a loophole within a loophole.”
One of the hallmarks of Perry’s tenure as Texas governor is the way he cultivates a deep bench of loyalists through appointments. It’s part patronage, part grooming of reliable yes-men who will carry out his will, with virtually no dissent, across the outposts of state government.
El Paso ISD trustees are starting to take action against officials who enabled former Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia’s cheating scheme, but they’re leaving the higher-ups alone.
Nine forensic experts say Swearingen is on death row for a murder he couldn’t have committed, yet Texas courts won’t grant a new trial.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the method of humanely trapping free roaming feral cats and spaying or neutering them.