Thursday, February 21, 2013

Texas Public School Advocacy Links & News Sources

Texas ISD.Com

Texas Legislature

Texas Governor's Web Site

Texas Education Agency Legal Services

Texas Tribune

Raise Your Hand Texas

Texas Kids Can’t Wait

TASA Legislative Update


Testing Crisis in Public Education

Important News Regarding Education:

Bush’s ‘Texas Miracle’ debunked, Lone Star State sparks anti-testing revolution

byJason Stanford, @JasStanford

View article at msnbc news page

There’s a reason hundreds of parents and kids held a protest outside the New York City
headquarters of the standardized testing company Pearson last year, and it wasn’t just because of the infamous “Pineapple” test question.

There’s a reason that a Florida school board member with a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees made national news when he flunked his state’s 10th-grade math test. There’s a reason teachers in Seattle are refusing to administer the Washington state standardized test. Something is very amiss when standardized tests fail to make the grade, and as much as I’d love to, I can’t blame it on what George W. Bush did as president.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fire and Fall Prevention

Longview Fire Department is offering a FREE two (2) hour Course
Fire & Fall Prevention for Older Adults. 

Class will be held on April 3, 2013 @ 9 am 

Community Connection (501 Pine Tree Road) 

TO ENROLL: Please call Iesha 


Transportation provided for 

citizens with a week’s notice.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Dentistry From The Heart

Smith Dental Care is a participating practice in Dentistry From The Heart. Along with several volunteers, Smith Dental provided over $80,000 in free dental care last year. This event is held once a year, this year on Saturday, February the 9th, 2013.

Dentistry From the Heart is an annual event that dentists from all over the country participate in to bring dental care to those in need. This will be Smith Dental Care's 9th Annual Event. Help us make this the most successful year ever!

Smith Dental Care 5400 New Copeland Road Tyler, TX 75703

One day only Saturday, February 9, 2013 Registration begins at 5:30 AM

Please arrive early for registration as an overwhelming response is anticipated. Please do not call for an appointment as we can only treat individuals on a first come first serve basis.  Limited to fillings, cleanings, and extractions only.

Participating Dentists:
Dr. Roy R. Smith, DDS
Dr. Lynette Ogletree, DDS
Dr. Joe Smith, DDS
Dr. Aaron Douglas, DDS
Dr. Ron Morlock, DDS
Dr. Buddy Furqueron, DDS
Dr. Brian Jackson, DDS
Dr. Brent Jackson, DDS

Dentistry From the Heart event WILL NOT provide treatment for the following:
no root canals, no crowns, no dentures, no partials, no patients who are pregnant, no patients who are phobic, no patients on blood thinners and no patients with uncontrolled blood pressure.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Public Service Focus of Black History Exhibit at Gregg County museum

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013

By Richard Yeakley

photo by Les Hassell, LNJ
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It was standing room only Friday night inside the Gregg County Historical Museum for the debut of the “Black History: African Americans in Public Service” exhibit, which honors black East Texans who played a significant role in defining the region.

“Most people are probably not as aware of black Longview history as they should be. That rich heritage, going from slave to freedmen and then early leaders who now have helped lead the community should be remembered,” said Executive Director Bill Hansen.

Hansen and Alyce Maxey led the reception, which took place in front of the exhibit.

The reception included readings, speeches and traditional music as the crowd filled the lower exhibit room of the museum to capacity.

Longview Councilwoman Kasha Williams spoke about the importance of black history.

“We can’t learn to love one another as we should or as the word of God commands us to if we don’t take the time to understand one another,” Williams said.

The exhibit displayed the photographs and biographies of black East Texans in public service.

Odessa Burton, whose son and husband appear in the exhibit, said she was delighted her family members were honored by the museum.

“It is a real, real nice thing. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything,” Burton said.

Each year, the museum focuses on a different theme. In 2012, the theme was “Black History: Then and Now.”

Black history month has been held since 1976 in February and is a time set apart by the federal government to remember the impact of black leaders on American history.

The exhibit will remain open to the public through February.

If you go
What: “Black History: African Americans in Public Service” exhibit
When: Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through March 2
Where: Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia St., Longview
Cost: $2; admission for seniors and children is $1.