“Freedom City” policies proposed in Austin could to eliminate unnecessary arrests by our police department, ensure police officers inform residents of their rights related to immigration enforcement and start confronting the disproportionately skewed arrests of Austin’s black and brown residents.
Many people fail to understand that some Asian Americans also face strong obstacles to opportunity as well as high rates of poverty. Asian American families’ struggles hardly fit the “model minority” stereotype of a high-achieving, affluent immigrant community.
Women, as well as medical school students, have been told for years that hormone replacement therapy is to be avoided. Period. Case closed. Very few have heard about the 2013 Sarell and Katz study that should have changed more minds by now. It’s past time for physicians, academics and the news media to right the wrongs of the past 16 years.
It is our responsibility, as Texans, gun owners and proud patriots to prevent the loss of more innocent lives in the future while preserving our constitutional rights.
In a persistent cycle of chaos and uncertainty, the most valuable asset a campaign, candidate or government has is a constituent audience inclined to believe the truth.
When Texans reach for a gallon of milk on the grocery shelf, they probably don’t wonder if it’s safe to drink — and with good reason. Pasteurized milk and other dairy products purchased in stores rarely pose danger of sickness from harmful bacteria.
All too often, reentry efforts do not start until prisoners near the end of their sentences. That’s too late. Vocational training, job skills, education, treatment for substance abuse and psychiatric counseling should begin for all prisoners on day one.
The first studies of the effects of early school start times on adolescent health and learning were released over 25 years ago. Is it acceptable for school districts to disregard an unquestionable body of research?
In 2015, after one of the most storied and accomplished military careers in memory, McRaven took on one of the most challenging and important jobs in Texas, chancellor of the University of Texas System. For the last 3 1/2 years, he has performed in a consistently outstanding manner.
The health and welfare of public school students ought surely to be a nonpartisan issue. Yet the various responses to the terrible events at Santa Fe High School indicate deeply divided opinions about the appropriate response.
Distrust leads families to not send children to school, to volunteer or to interact with educators. Immigration enforcement in schools ultimately affects both citizen and undocumented families alike, as the increased likelihood of deportation and family separation forces an especially vulnerable population of children to deal with pervasive fear and uncertainty.
When the state over-emphasizes the importance of a test by attaching high stakes to its results, then schools and the general public are encouraged to attach significance to the data that is not appropriate.
When we incarcerate mothers, we incarcerate their families, their dreams and their aspirations for a better life. Detention is not the solution, and we have taken it upon ourselves to help more people understand that.
Not every criminal is mentally ill, and not every person who suffers from a mental health issue is a criminal. However, one woman I know had a mental illness and became a criminal in the eyes of the law. Would she have become a criminal if adequate mental health services existed? Probably not.
As child welfare administrators try to enhance their efforts to provide more effective sex education to foster youth, it is critical that they seek to address the unique experiences, vulnerabilities, identities and resourcefulness of young people in care.
If you really appreciate teachers, please send us personal notes, because we really do treasure and save them, but also support us in our efforts. Happy, well-compensated teachers with reasonable class sizes and schedules make for better educational outcomes and a better future for all Texans.
While there may be merit in having the National Guard provide systems of support for Customs and Border Protection, the premises under which the troops were deployed were based on falsehoods about unauthorized persons and the immigrant community.
Real progress in education will require a critical reexamination of school funding. Just as we adjusted from funding “telephones” to funding “communications,” through the telecommunications industry, we must shift from just funding schools to actually funding education in the education industry.
I wish more moms experienced this type of tired inspiration that has become such a part of my life on the campaign trail. There aren’t nearly enough women like me running for office. There aren’t nearly enough women like me writing legislation for women like me in office.