Author: East Texas Review

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) address Texas State Rifle Association

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) addressed the Texas State Rifle Association at its annual general meeting in Round Rock, Texas over the weekend.  In his remarks he announced that this week,  he will introduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to allow those with concealed carry privileges in their home states to exercise those rights in states with similar...

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The University of Texas at Tyler Students Earn Top CPA Exam Achievement

Graduate accounting students at The University of Texas at Tyler achieved a top milestone on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination. In the “Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Exam–University Edition 2016,” recently published by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, The University of Texas at Tyler’s average score, 83.6, ranked first in Texas and sixth nationwide. Passing is 75. Candidates are classified as graduate-level students who sat for any section for the first time in 2016 within one year of graduation. In addition, the university’s pass rate of 62.5 percent ranked eighth in Texas. The overall national average...

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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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