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No We Are Not!

A lot of folks in Texas are talking about the article Brian Rosenthal of the Chron wrote about special education.  The Sunday front page headline blared “DENIED: HOW TEXAS KEEPS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN OUT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION”

It is definitely an award winning article and Rosenthal deserves major kudos.

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg today writes about the Rosenthal article and here is how she ends her column:

And really, what does one say about the state’s decision to create an underclass of children in the name of fiscal conservatism?

This is what you say: it’s immoral and probably illegal. And we’re going to put an end to it. Texas is better than this.

Here is the entire Falkenberg column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-disregard-for-special-education-students-9221043.php?cmpid=btfpm.

No we are not. Texas is not better than this. For the last couple of decades Texas has been screwing over funding for public ed. And folks know it! Our state leadership decided once students of color became the majority in our public schools, it was time to cut funding – take that! It is going to take a major change in leadership before we ever approach being better than this.

The ‘Stros lost again last night and I am not in the mood for a MLB question.

City of H-Town pension reform was the big issue in last year’s mayoral campaign. The Mayor will hold a press conference today on the matter. Stay tuned!

Now this is what you call the dog days. Check this from the Chron:

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has called for a summit of county and Houston city officials and animal welfare organizations to address the region’s “outrageous” problem with stray animals.

“I’m going to try and call everybody together, get everybody in one room and say ‘What do we really need to be doing here’ so we’re more coordinated,” Emmett said.

Emmett’s comments follow news reports about Harris County shelter employees refusing to pick up and euthanize a German shepherd mix that lay dying from a gunshot wound across the street from the facility.

The county facility, located inside the Houston city limits, handles animals from unincorporated sections of Harris County and has no jurisdiction in its own backyard — that’s the province of the City of Houston’s BARC shelter, several miles to the south.

The Houston Chronicle published an in-depth report about the jurisdictional problems last month.

Emmett called the situation “ridiculous.”

Here is the entire Chron article:

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/article/Harris-county-judge-calls-for-summit-on-9219881.php.

From the Daily Beast:

Lost amid the uproar over Saturday Night Live’s relative lack of black women performers a couple of years ago is the sad fact that the show went 41 seasons without a Latina cast member (and only two men of Latin heritage, Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen). Now, that is about to change with the announcement on Monday that SNL has hired comedian Melissa Villasenor.

Good for her. But it took way too long for this to happen.

Here is the entire Daily Beast article:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/12/snl-s-first-latina-cast-member-melissa-villasenor-is-an-impression-machine.html.

This Donald Trump bromance with Putin is getting ridiculous. Now Simone Biles got hacked.

Last night’s loss was a heartbreaker. Fading, fading, fading.

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