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What's Wrong With The Tebow Bill?
I recently testified before the Texas House Committee on Public Education in opposition to the so-called "Tebow Bill" (HB 1374). Since that time, and even before then, I have been asked by others why it is that we would be against this bill?
On the surface appears to be opening up the door for further opportunities for homeschoolers by forcing the public schools to allow homeschoolers to participate in UIL-sanctioned activities such as sports teams, arts and sciences competitions, and more. And, in fact, that is how it is being presented to us by proponents of the bill, including the Texas Homeschool Coalition (THSC). But while THSC has done some wonderful work on behalf of homeschoolers in the past, we believe they are coming down on the wrong side on this issue and should instead be standing with us in opposition.
April 19, 2013
CPS Investigator Charged With Sexual Assault of Child
A state worker whose job was to investigate allegations of child abuse was arrested on a charge of sexual abuse of a child, police said.
Nicholas Santos, 34, of Cedar Hill, was being held in the Dallas County jail on a $10,000 bond, records show. Santos had been an investigator for Texas Child Protective Services since March 2006, said CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales.
April 9, 2013
Three Year Old Child Found Wandering Along Busy Road in Odessa
ODESSA - A three year old child was found wandering along a busy road in Odessa on Sunday afternoon.
The call came in around 3 p.m. about a little boy walking along Andrews Highway. Officers found the toddler near the 300 block of Pecan Street.
April 8, 2013
Whole Foods Finally Has a Real Competitor
Frankly, I seldom shop WFM. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies.
NGVC was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutritional guidance to help them support their own health. The family-run store has grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon. Altogether, the company has 1,800 employees.
April 8, 2013
Google Fiber coming to Austin
Google Fiber is a new broadband Internet network that is 100 times faster than anything available in Austin right now.
No specifics yet for Austin, but cities that already have the service get a gigabit plan for $70 per month, or you can get regular broadband for seven years, for free, if you pay a $300 installation fee.
April 7, 2013
Judge: Targeting of DA, assistant DA 'unbelievable'
DALLAS -- In a news conference Monday morning, Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood said it felt surreal when he received news from the sheriff Saturday night that District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were shot dead in their home.
The fatal shootings took place two months after Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was fatally shot outside the Kaufman County Courthouse. The county is located about 30 miles east of Dallas, but officials in Houston are taking no chances. Over the weekend Harris County D.A. Mike Anderson accepted the sheriff's offer of extra security for him and his family.
April 1, 2013
Kara Sands, Texas mom asks why school quiz blames US for 9/11
A Texas mother is stirring conservatives after discovering her son's fifth grade quiz points to the US causing the 9/11 and may be "indoctrinating" kids to leftist ideals.
The test question asked why the U.S. may be a target for terrorism and her son chose the correct answer to the test that covered material from a video students watched in class: "Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere."
March 26, 2013
Bill to test welfare applicants for drugs approved
Drug testing for Texas welfare applicants moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when the bill's author accepted legislative changes to ensure that children would continue to receive benefits if a parent is caught using drugs.
In the original version of the bill by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, children could permanently lose benefits based on a third failed drug test by a parent. Adults who test positive would lose their benefits for one year but could reapply in six months after passing another drug test. Children would continue receiving benefits no matter how many drug tests a parent fails, Nelson said.
March 26, 2013
Why Is Mexico Asking the U.S. Senate for a Registry of U.S. Gun Owners?
Mexican lawmakers will ask the U.S. Senate to create a registry of all commercialized firearms in border states, which includes California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Mexico says it will make it easier to trace guns used in violent attacks.
The measure was reportedly approved on January 9 by Mexico's Permanent Commission, a government entity that meets when Mexico's Senate and the Chamber of Deputies is in recess. Gun owners in Arizona are calling the proposal "foolish" and an "invasion of privacy."
February 18, 2013
Home School Discrimination
Fifteen years ago home schooling in Texas was clearly legal as a result of the Texas Supreme Court ruling in the Leeper decision. That decision clarified that home schools were private schools and therefore ended the prosecution of home schoolers.
However, following the Leeper decision, there was still discrimination against home school graduates by colleges and universities. Virtually every institution of higher education in Texas refused to acknowledge a home school graduate as a high school graduate and either required them to obtain a GED and/or meet higher SAT/ACT scores and other admission standards not required of public high school graduates.
February 8, 2013
Federal court hears I.D. case
Because she has a religious objection to Northside Independent School District's new student tracking system, Andrea Hernandez and her father testified in federal court Monday, she should not be transferred to another school for refusing to carry a studen
Hernandez, 15, a sophomore in a science and engineering magnet program at John Jay High School, and her father, Steven Hernandez, each testified that they believe the tracking system - which uses radio frequency identification tags inserted in student badges - is a sign of submission to the Antichrist as described in the Bible's Book of Revelation.
December 26, 2012
Forensic interviewer works with child abuse victims
Forensic interviewer Rebecca Cunio got all the thanks she needs for what might seem like a tough and thankless job.
This is one of 64 CACs in the state and among 700 others across the country that provide a place where Child Protective Services representatives can interview children who might have been abused or neglected for criminal cases and civil actions. These non-profit agencies provide a number of services to victims and their families, including counseling, therapy and family advocacy.
December 3, 2012
Cass County CPS Board kicks off Christmas Fund Drive
Cass County Child Protective Service Board members are kicking off the annual Christmas Fund Drive to help provide Christmas for Cass County foster children.
Again this year, many families are having a hard time financially and the board is seeking help and donations to provide Christmas for the county's foster children. Cass County children currently in foster care have been abused or neglected and range in age from just a few months to 17 years.
December 3, 2012
Setback for the Surveillance State in San Antonio Schools
The fight for civil liberties continues in San Antonio. The Northside Independent School District recently launched its controversial "Student Locator Project," which requires students to carry ID badges equipped with radio frequency tracker chips.
If they refuse, they could face fines, "involuntary transfers," or suspensions. John Jay High School officials insisted the trackers were needed to combat truancy and improve attendance rates. By improving attendance rates the Northside ISD hoped to get an additional $2 million in state funding-that's on top of the reported $815 million in revenue they got in 2008-09 from local, state, and federal sources. (This is the latest year data are available, and note Northside's expenditures exceeded $1 billion. Under "District Details," click "Fiscal.")
November 28, 2012
Local Dallas, TX Chiropractor Invites New Patients to Avail Free Consultation to Overcome Headache Naturally
Dr. Mark Harris has been giving relief to many patients suffering from chronic pain. Today Dr. Harris welcomes new patients to undergo free consultation for their headache.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Dr. Mark Harris, a local Dallas, TX chiropractor, is using chiropractic to successfully reduce migraine headaches in hundreds of female patients who previously had suffered throughout their life with migraine pain.
November 11, 2012
Judge suspended in video beating returns to bench
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Texas judge shown in a video beating his teenage daughter in 2004 will return to the bench this week after the Texas Supreme Court lifted his suspension.
The justices reinstated Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams on Tuesday, a year after they suspended him with pay when a video of him beating of his daughter became an Internet sensation.
November 11, 2012
CPS Removes Children From Home
EL PASO - A fight has lead Child Protective Services to remove 3 children all under the age of 3 years old from a Central El Paso home. And now the mother is pleading with authoritie to bring them back.
Police say they removed an anonymous call that the children were alone. CPS then removed the children from the home. "They weren't out here by themselves at any time," Kanewske says.
November 8, 2012
Protective services chief quits
Howard Baldwin, head of Texas protective services, has called it quits. Baldwin has decided to step down as commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services, after only about a year in that post.
Baldwin's been a state government lawyer. The department he's briefly headed includes Child Protective Services. It's been hemorrhaging caseworkers, leading to backlogs. More recently, Abilene law enforcement officials have accused CPS officials there of withholding from them information on a horrific neglect case, in which the wife of an Air Force enlistee allegedly allowed a very young child to go unfed and untended.
November 8, 2012
Homeschooling conference in Honey Grove Nov. 17
Honey Grove -- A homeschooling conference will be held November 17, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Bertha Voyer Memorial Library in Honey Grove.
A registration fee of $5 will be paid at the door and that includes lunch at the Ixtapa Grill. A registration fee of $5 will be paid at the door and that includes lunch at the Ixtapa Grill.
November 4, 2012
Freshman pens, publishes children's adventure book before 18
University of St. Thomas freshman Janna Tierney can proudly tout that she successfully self-published her first book, "Kerry, Ireland A.D. 800," before she turned 18.
Two years ago, Tierney, an English major from Humble, began writing the book as a class project. A homeschooled student, Tierney's mother suggested she use a story she wrote in seventh grade as a starting point.
November 4, 2012
Tamryn Klapheke's Death Sparks Abilene Police Investigation Of Child Protective Services
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Police have launched a rare investigation of the Texas child protection agency after a 22-month-old girl died and her mother claimed her military husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three children.
Abilene police Chief Stan Standridge said in an emailed statement Tuesday that the department began investigating the local Child Protective Services office after "certain CPS supervisors" refused to cooperate with officers investigating the Aug. 28 death of Tamryn Klapheke.
October 22, 2012
Daycare owner and relative arrested on child abuse charges
Rogelio Archuleta was arrested Wednesday on three charges of causing serious bodily injury to three adopted children.
Officials say the three children, an 8-year-old boy and two 10-year-old fraternal twins, were adopted by 40-year-old Iliana Archuleta. Rogelio Archuleta was arrested Wednesday at the Honey Tree Preschool and Child Development Center, which is owned by Iliana Archuleta.
October 18, 2012
Update: Abilene CPS supervisors still in charge despite criminal investigation
ABILENE - The three Child Protective Services supervisors who Abilene police are investigating for possible tampering with or fabricating evidence, in a case related to a child's death, have maintained their leadership roles at the office as of Wed.
The state's Office of Inspector General is also investigating. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Spokesman Patrick Crimmins said they will conduct an internal investigation and that they are "cooperating fully" with Abilene police. A search warrant affidavit questions the conduct of CPS Regional Director Bit Whitaker, Program Director Gretchen Denny and Investigation Supervisor Barbara McDaniel.
October 18, 2012
Police raid Child Protective Services office
ABILENE, Texas - There's new information about the case against a Kentucky mother charged in connection with the death of one of her children.
Police in Abilene, Texas raided an office of Texas Child Protective Services Tuesday and carried out what appeared to be papers and documents. The investigation stems from the case of Tiffany Klapheke, who is originally from Georgetown.
October 18, 2012
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