The Texas Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to dropping algebra II as a requirement for high school graduation, over the objections of critics who say the state is watering down its academic standards.
Eliminating the algebra II mandate for most students was part of a major overhaul of graduation, standardized testing and curriculum requirements unanimously approved by the Texas Legislature in May. The shake-up was meant to give students the flexibility to focus on career and vocational training not just college prep courses.
Oh. Just putting American educational standards further behind other countries…
13:27 // 1 week ago
Sharon Alford knows what they have been saying about her state’s junior senator up in Washington. Which is why she was standing here, among about 600 people in a sweltering warehouse, holding a hand-made sign that said: “We the people ♥ Ted Cruz.”
“He’s surrounded by enemies up there, and I want to show support for him in Texas,” she said. “I’m just hoping it’s like this around the country.”
Just days after the government shutdown ended, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) told the Texas Medical Association that the fight on the ‘Obamacare’ must stay focused.
Cruz may be the most reviled man in the U.S. Senate at the moment, not least among his Republican colleagues. He was the face and voice of the government shutdown strategy that brought the nation to the brink of default on its debt, and left his party with its lowest poll ratings ever, while doing nothing to halt the implementation of the health-care law.
Just in case you needed a reminder that Texas operates a bit differently than the rest of the country…
Editor’s Note - Hey there, just a reminder: ShortFormBlog is not solely the work of Ernie, but rather a group effort on the part of several writers. In the case of this post, which many of you seem to be quite upset by, I was poking fun at the place where I spent the first 23 years of my life. This was not meant to be an “all Texans are crazy” post, but rather a “some crazy stuff happens in Texas” post. Sorry for the confusion. — Scott @ SFB
15:50 // 1 month ago
Attorney General Eric Holder will sue to challenge the Texas voter ID law, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
The Justice lawsuit will allege that the Texas law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which was among the elements of the law that remains in effect after the Supreme Court invalidated the preclearance requirements in June.
Justice will also seek to intervene in a separate lawsuit against Texas over the state’s redistricting laws, arguing that the state should still be forced to submit to federal preclearance.
Holder says the lawsuits are an effort to prevent states like Texas from suppressing voters’ rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act ruling from a few weeks ago. Neither Texas Governor Rick Perry or state attorney general Greb Abbott have commented on the planned lawsuit at this time.
15:44 // 3 months ago
The Justice Department is preparing to take fresh legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation, U.S. officials said, part of a new attempt to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration has warned will imperil minority representation.
The decision to challenge state officials marks an aggressive effort to continue policing voting rights issues and follows a ruling by the court last month that invalidated a critical part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The justices threw out a part of the act that determined which states with a history of discrimination had to be granted Justice Department or court approval before making voting law changes.
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce plans to direct the Justice Department to force many states aiming to change their election laws to seek federal approval (commonly known as “pre-clearance”) before doing so. Texas was specifically mentioned in a speech by Holder on Tuesday, which didn’t sit well the Texas GOP.
18:40 // 4 months ago