Guest Column: Wake Up — Schools Are Failing

Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.
Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.
Texas Weekly

Texas local school bureaucrats are not graduating enough of our students ready for college or career. We need to wake up, and wake up now, to the deeper truth that it is time to stop blaming the messengers. It is time to fix the problem.

El Paso SBOE Candidate Has Little Campaign Presence

State Board of Education member Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, faces a general election challenge from Democrat Martha Dominguez.
State Board of Education member Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, faces a general election challenge from Democrat Martha Dominguez.

El Paso Democrat Martha Dominguez's apparent absence from the campaign trail has prompted her SBOE opponent to call her a "ghost" — and has sparked criticism from members of her own party. But that may not stop her from winning the race.

Wildfire Season Intensifying, Report Says

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The pines on the south side of Texas Hwy 21 erupt in flames and smoke during the wildfires on September 6, 2011.
The pines on the south side of Texas Hwy 21 erupt in flames and smoke during the wildfires on September 6, 2011.

Wildfire season across the American West and Texas is getting longer and more destructive every year, according to a new report from the research organization Climate Central. 

Analysts: Little Change Expected with New Mexico Leader

Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance (left) and President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto
Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance (left) and President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto

Worries about the new presidential government in Mexico are overblown, says San Antonio native Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance, who recently met with the president-elect’s transition team in Mexico City.  

A Year After Wildfires, Calls for More Prescribed Burns

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Prescribed burning on Walker Ranch in Crockett County - January 25, 2009
Prescribed burning on Walker Ranch in Crockett County - January 25, 2009

More landowners and public safety officials have begun calling on the state to respond to last year's devastating wildfires by lighting more fires — so-called prescribed burns that help remove the dry grass and brush that fuel the blazes.

University Responses to Bomb Threats Undergo Scrutiny

UT freshmen Utkarsh Paul (l), Joesph Zukis (c) and Jorge Mathuta (r) were evacuated from their dorms after receiving a text message from UT warning them of a possible threat. (September 14, 2012)
UT freshmen Utkarsh Paul (l), Joesph Zukis (c) and Jorge Mathuta (r) were evacuated from their dorms after receiving a text message from UT warning them of a possible threat. (September 14, 2012)

In the last several days, multiple universities, including two in Texas, have received bomb threats. The different responses highlight the individual nature of each case and raise questions of how best to go about warning a campus.