Posts Tagged ‘district’s’

Washington Math

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The letter from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in response to a query was nice, but, um, factually challenged. Topic: the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico (via Texas). Problem: Hutchison...


What Part of Yes Do You Not Understand?

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A Fort Worth-sponsored survey showed that most residents want the number of council member districts expanded from eight to 10 to provide better representation. Increasing the number of districts is expected to reduce the avera...



Knocking on the Door

Hispanic political power is at stake in redistricting battles.
Dan McGraw, Photos by Lee Chastain
Contention is always on the agenda in Fort Worth’s halls of government, whether the question is gas wells, bullying, budget woes, or eminent domain. But in the last few weeks, the heat has been turned up on an even more nuts-...


More Bucks for Bidness, Less for Kids

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State Sen. Wendy Davis fought long and hard earlier this year to find a way to keep the state from cutting $5 billion in education spending. One of her proposals was to keep private corporations — particularly energy companie...



School Bullies

The Fort Worth district’s culture of intimidation goes far beyond the classroom.
BETTY BRINK
Last month, Fort Worth schools trustees voted to broaden the district’s antidiscrimination policy to include “gender identity and expression” for students. The change is designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and tra...


Putting the Bite on Education

Outside legal fees aren’t helping the Fort Worth school district with its red ink problem.
BETTY BRINK
Last December, Fort Worth schools trustee Ann Sutherland, worried that the district was about to lose its chance to protest the drilling of a gas well within 200 feet of T.A. Sims Elementary School, filled out a one-page docume...



Clear as Mud

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In what can only mean more grief for Fort Worth schools superintendent Melody Johnson, a Texas Education Agency audit report released last week concluded that the district “erroneously over-reported attendance” at Arlington...


The Deficit Monster

How did Texas get so far down in this financial hole?
STORY BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ PHOTOS BY JOHN OEFFINGER
In 2006, Texas had a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus. Under state court order — yet again — to come up with a school finance system that would provide decent funding for poor districts without unduly robbing from rich o...



H2Ow

Water politics in Texas are about to get a lot more painful.
GAYLE REAVES
“Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.” — attributed to Mark Twain “People are drawing a line in the sand,” Marie Day said. What the South Texas activist really means is, they’re trying to draw a line...


Not for the Faint of Heart

Lock up the whiskey: Redistricting is upon us.
DAVE McNEELY
If redistricting weren’t so serious, it would be funny. As Forrest Gump’s momma says about life in the 1994 movie, “It’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”