Author Archives: Houmanitarian

Trump’s First Budget:

Massive Cuts to Social Programs and Domestic Spending

With a detailed budget released on Tuesday, advocates are astonished at the level of cuts to social service and other domestic spending, in favor of tax cuts and increases in defense. Also hard hit thought are scientific programs into climate and medical research, which will have great impact on Houston as well as the nation.
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STAAR 2017: Texas Educators and Parents Hope for Smoother Experience

This week begins the state of Texas standardized testing regime known as STAAR, (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness). And after a host of problems with the test in 2016, parents and educators are eager to see a smooth rollout of the exam that already causes great anxiety for many families and schools.
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Houstonians React to Supreme Court’s Affirmation on Special Education Standards

Somewhat lost in the mix of stories about federal budget cuts, and the health care debate last week, was the Supreme Courts decision on special education, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.  In a rare unanimous opinion the court held that school standards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can not be minimal. Instead actual goals and progress must be the norm sought. Greg Groogan covers Houstonian reactions.
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