Author: East Texas Review

Texas Senate News Week in Review

By Richard Lee The two Senate committees that oversee education related bills held their first hearings on legislation this week. The Higher Education Committee considered a bill that would end the mandatory tuition set aside policy, which critics call an unfair hidden tax on students. “College affordability is an issue the legislature must address, but we should not do it for some students on the backs of others that may very well be of the same financial status,” said Committee Chair and bill author Kel Seliger of Amarillo. When the Legislature deregulated college tuition in 2003, they also passed...

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East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance Forms as Non-Profit Organization

Providing Resources to Individuals and Families with Alzheimer’s   The newly formed board of the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance announced today the formation of a non-profit organization with the goal of providing resources to individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s.   “Our East Texas Community has an overwhelming need for local resources and support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s” said Michael E. Jordan, President, “and we hope to be able to fill that need.”   The Alliance will be working to secure a building and funding for operation of a respite center and headquarters for local resources for those...

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COMMITTEE CONSIDERS BILLS TARGETING TEACHER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

By Richard Lee The Senate Education Committee on Thursday heard two bills aimed at getting teachers who have inappropriate relationships with their students out of the public education system. Houston Senator Paul Bettencourt presented a bill that would make it harder for a teacher with a history of this behavior from getting a job at another district. “We have to remove any possible obstacle to identify teachers or educators with this problem and pull their license,” he said. Such cases are up 43 percent in this fiscal year, said Bettencourt, with 97 cases through the end of January, compared...

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Blues Festival announces 2017 ticket availability, pricing

Organizers of the Big Pines Blues Festival announced today that advance sale tickets for the 2017 two-day event are currently available through the festival’s website at www.bigpinesbluesfestival.com. There will be no admission charge for the Friday night performances. Advance general admission tickets for the Saturday performances are priced at $20. A VIP package at $60 allows fans access to upgraded seating facilities on both Friday and Saturday nights. The outdoor celebration of blues music will be held June 2 and 3 at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview. Friday performances will feature a younger set of...

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Texas Veterans Urge Lawmakers to Support Legal Access to Medical Marijuana; New Poll Shows 83% of Texans Now in Favor

The group also re-delivered a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott — this time signed by 1,400+ Texas veterans — asking him to meet with veterans who use medical marijuana to treat PTSD, TBI, and other service-related conditions  Texas veterans gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday for a lobby day in support of comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.  The event comes on the heels of a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll published Tuesday, which found 83% of Texans support making marijuana legal for medical purposes and 53% support making it legal for any purpose. The group held a news conference...

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