Mark and Charlie's Blog

Austin City Manager Marc Ott didn't mince words about Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo's judgment on Wednesday. "My concerns have existed for some time," said Ott. "We've had some conversations about judgment issues in 2011. In between that time, and more recently, we've had...
Spanking your children has been at the heart of parenting disputes for years, but the University of Texas and the University of Michigan may have finally settled the question in a study that focused on 50 years of research. The study from the two schools looked at research on...
Police Chief Art Acevedo says his department faced a lot of pressure over the past few weeks but he says, "We're still standing." He says police officers are under fire now more than ever and becoming targets. "We've had two officers shot in a period of two weeks," Chief Acevedo...
Andy Birdwell said his 14-year-old son Andrew was one of seven boys suspended for taking a picture with a Confederate flag at Round Rock Ridgeview Middle School . “When I asked my son, ‘Exactly why would you take a picture? What transpired for you to want to do this and take a...
Over the last seven years, most states have banned texting by drivers, and public service campaigns have tried an array of tactics — “ It can wait ,” among them — to persuade people to put down their phones when they are behind the wheel. Yet the problem, by just about any...
Nearly 50 superintendents say Texas’ STAAR standardized testing system deserves an “F” for widespread problems this year ranging from a question on a test that had no correct answer to tests being delivered to a church. The superintendents, mostly from the Houston area, sent a...
In a hotly contested sporting event, the announcers often note that things are getting “chippy” near the end—which usually means the team trailing on the scoreboard is growing frustrated and starting to pick fights. Tuesday’s five primaries marked the chippy phase of the...
In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a new poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support...
The nation’s high school seniors have shown no improvement in reading achievement and their math performance has slipped since 2013, according to the results of a test administered by the federal government last year. The results of the National Assessment of Educational...