Texas lawmakers have a difficult decision to make. Should the state shutter its five remaining youth lockups and admit we're just not capable of finding the money, the staff or even the fundamental competence to keep juvenile offenders safe in large facilities?  It certainly doesn't appear that we can keep them safe — not from predatory guards and not from each other.  Reporters for The Dallas Morning News reviewed hundreds of pages of records from the Gainesville State School for delinquent youths. What they found not only shocks the conscience but calls into question whether Texas is capable of running schools like it across Texas without putting the students and their guards at constant risk of abuse, violence and neglect.    view article arw

“Voting and civic participation should be one of the most important traditions that we must uphold” AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos invited all Texans to celebrate and participate in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 26th  view article arw

Preliminary enrollment numbers show more than a 1,600-student drop in the Austin district, which would be the biggest loss of students in a single year since the district’s attendance peaked in 2012.  There is time for a rebound. Unofficial student enrollment numbers taken from the third week of school show enrollment at 81,427, down 1,640 students from last year. But enrollment from the same day last year shows a smaller decline of 1,176 students. view article arw