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Earlier this year, the trustees of the 2,000-student Wimberley school district told the state they weren't going to pay into the school finance system that makes districts with high property values relative to their enrollments share tax revenue with poorer districts. Following...
New state data on student retentions show that only about one in five fifth-graders who fail the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills repeats the grade, even though it is required under the state law to curb social promotion. The law says students should pass math and...
Dallas Cowboys fans wrestle with $100K price tag on seat rights 11:13 AM CST on Thursday, November 29, 2007 By JEFF MOSIER / The Dallas Morning News jmosier@dallasnews.com ARLINGTON – Mark Zable expected to pay a pretty price to continue his lifelong devotion to the Dallas...
UIL posts rules on school steroid tests Public input sought as coaches urge expansion of drug screening By GARY SCHARRER Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — Parents who want to witness their kid's random drug test for steroids will have one hour to arrive at...
Dallas man poses YouTube question on Republican candidates' faith Answers to his Bible question disappoint Dallas man 11:20 PM CST on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 By BLANCA CANTÚ / The Dallas Morning News bcantu@dallasnews.com Joseph Dearing, 24, of Dallas says you can tell...
Democrats cancel CBS presidential debate over strike concerns template_bas template_bas News employees might walk out, and the Writers Guild of America might demonstrate. Candidates are loath to cross picket lines. By Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer November 29, 2007...
Surprise Marriage Proposal on Spanish TV Turns Tragic Woman Declines Ex-Boyfriend's Proposal in Front of Millions, Then Is Found Dead Five Days Later What was supposed to be an emotional surprise moment on a Spanish talk show turned tragic for one woman. Single mother Svetlana...
Candidates challenged on gays in military A retired officer who posed a GOP debate question on the issue turns out to be a supporter of the Clinton campaign. By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer November 29, 2007 In one of the more personal and direct confrontations...