With a new school superintendent firmly at the helm, Houston’s largest school district hosted it’s annual State of the Schools address. Richard Carranza and HISD Board of Education President Wanda Adams urged business professionals and state lawmakers to see public education as an investment to ensure the future success of every student that walks through a school’s doors. (Video: HISD)
Praised by many for its focus on a policy over personality, Texas Senator Ted Cruz debated Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday night over the issue of Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act. Overall the sides still seem pressed against the demands of availability versus affordability, but the discussion was far more welcome then what has passed most frequently for discussion on the topic. (Video: CNN/YouTube)
After a federal judge’s stay on the Presidents ban on individuals from seven primarily Muslim nations, nonprofits around the nation involved in refugee resettlement began working again to meet their newly assigned arrivals. Among the agencies in Houston is Interfaith Ministries profiled by Tuesday by the Houston Chronicle.
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“After patching together a travel plan, they now are two of 14 refugees planning to arrive this week through the nonprofit Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, said Ali Al Sudani, the organization’s director of refugee services. Interfaith Ministries, like other local resettlement programs, is resuming booking travel arrangements and organizing volunteer activities to welcome refugees to Houston after a federal judge temporarily halted the order.
Last year, almost 2,100 refugees came to Houston, and in recent years, the city resettled the most refugees in the nation. Al Sudani, who himself fled southern Iraq to resettle in the U.S., said his organization welcomed the decision. “We hope that it will be something more sustainable over the long term.”