Thursday, July 24, 2014
Texas Does Not Have Standardized Students

Katie Plemmons is a young teacher from Del Valle ISD. She works 50-60 hour weeks, spending money out of her pocket for classroom supplies. And in a wonderful opinion piece, she articulates the challenges of being a teacher in Texas.

From her op-ed, titled, "The Heartbreak of Being a Teacher in Texas":

At Del Valle High School, our contract hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but we stay until 5:30 p.m. once a week to tutor. We arrive early to prepare our classrooms. We stay late or take work home to update grades, perfect lessons and prepare activities. We stay later for athletic events, fine arts performances and parent meetings. We work at least one day most weekends.

When you work with students every day, you learn that each one is unique. We do not have standardized students, and recognizing the challenges each student deals with requires experience, time and individual attention, which are in short supply in an era of standardized testing and crowded classrooms. Teachers must navigate these challenges while meeting the demands of our school’s unique culture.

We are bleeding experienced educators who create a school community, and if we do not stanch the wound, students will suffer.   

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Another Abbott Predatory Lender Crony Fined $10M

Earlier this month, the U.S. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
How an Awesome Pizza Analogy Saved Health Care for Texas

Two separate and distinct rulings by federal courts about the Affordable Care Act underscore the importance of why courts matter - and why pizza is truly the great equalizer. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Greg Abbott's (Not So) Greatest Hits - Volume 2

A year ago, we released Volume 1 of Greg Abbott's (Not So) Greatest Hits. From not believing in science to failing to pursue a massive child sex abuse scandal, we thought Greg Abbott had hit rock bottom.

Little did we know how low he could go. Continue reading this post »

Monday, July 21, 2014
Fallout from HB2 Proves Bill Was Never About Women's Health

Last summer, after two special sessions and amid unprecedented protest, Texas Republican lawmakers passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Continue reading this post »

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Backlog of Immigration Cases Fueled by Republicans

A massive backlog in immigration courts, fueled by years of Republicans refusing to approve funding for more judges, is complicating the government's decision of what to do with 57,000 child refugees who have come to America seeking asylum. Continue reading this post »

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Everything You Want to Know About Marijuana Regulation

Key point: Browse this amazing summary of everything you could want to know about marijuana regulation.

All of us at Progress Texas want Texas to strongly consider regulating marijuana, and have already come out in favor of medical marijuana for Texas.

There is a great uneasiness among many in the progressive community about marijuana legislation. One thing we've found, after extensive research, is most of the attitudes about marijuana are based on perceptions, stereotypes, and information not grounded in reality.

To help with the learning process, we have written two long-form posts about marijuana regulation: Decriminalization 101 and Medical Marijuana 101We hope you read those posts to learn more about the subject, and how both decriminalization and medical marijuana could impact Texas.

In the meantime, our fellow policy nerds at Vox have done us one better and laid out 20 very useful, specific, and brief summaries about marijauana regulation.

We encourage you to browse the whole list, or jump straight ot a question below:

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Monday, July 7, 2014
Top Ten Texas Stories Slamming Abbott on Chemicals

The overwhelming backlash against Greg Abbott and his irresponsible policies proves once again just how out-of-touch and in it for the insiders he really is.  Continue reading this post »


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