Every Student Succeeds Act to replace No Child Left Behind

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law Thursday, December 15 largely replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. Lawmakers have stated that the new law is a more flexible approach to student testing and school accountability, once again making states responsible for fixing under-performing schools. The act had bipartisan support with the lead sponsors in the Senate […]


Education Foundation awards grants

The Pleasanton ISD Education Foundation prize patrol surprised several teachers and counselors on Monday December 14. Five applications were received for the fall grants and $12,663 was awarded. The PHS counseling department requested funding for their dual credit scholarships. Funds will be used to pay for fees associated with dual credit courses. The amount awarded was $5,000. Brandi Burkett and […]

Atascosa ISDs make the grade in TEA report card

3 campuses need improvement

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced Friday that the 2014–15 School Report Cards required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), will be sent to the parent or guardian of every child enrolled in a Texas public school by local school districts. The School Report Card includes the following information for each campus in Texas: […]

A child’s wish from Santa Claus

The Way I See It

Each year our staff types about 1,000 letters to Santa. They are included in this week’s issue. They are so cute and the innocence of Christmas comes through many of them. They ask Santa for many things – mostly the popular toys of the year or gifts for their family. Some lists are brief and some are quite detailed. I […]

House passes Every Student Succeeds Act in Texas

Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which passed the U.S. House: Every parent, student and teacher should be doing a happy dance once this law reaches final passage, but I don’t think many people understand just how profound an impact this legislation could have […]

Governor takes action to stem illegal border crossings

State Capital Highlights

U.S. Border Patrol data regarding illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 15 said the number of apprehensions through October and November “are on average two to three times higher than last year.” Abbott added that in the Big Bend sector, unaccompanied minor arrivals for that period has increased almost tenfold. In the Rio Grande sector, it doubled from […]

A Fantasy about Cuba, Canada and the US

Texas Politics

This is a fantasy, about a dream. Rafael was a teenager in Cuba in 1957. Rebel Fidel Castro had mounted a war to seize control from dictator Fulgencio Batista. Rafael joined in the effort to remove the oppressive Batista, for awhile. But he soon decided it wasn’t for him. While Batista’s autocracy needed to go, Castro’s alternative was communism – […]

Headline: December rains best since ’37

60 Years ago- Low bids on the proposed Mercy Hospital at Jourdanton totaled $268,879 as contractor bids were opened yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, and Leon Steinle said that it appears the figure is well within the Hospital Association’s budget of $350,000. Response so far favors staging a county centennial next year when Atascosa County is 100 years old, according to Cecil […]

Congressmen Cuellar applauds lifting of oil ban

H.R. 2029, Consolidated Appropirations Act, passed by House Oil & Gas Editor

Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and Joe Barton (R-TX-6) were pleased with the House for passing H.R. 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes lifting the ban on crude oil exports. Barton and Cuellar have worked in a bipartisan and bicameral capacity to carry this crucial policy fix across the finish line. At a time when legislators so rarely cross the […]

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