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Would You Want Your Child to Be Required to Learn Arabic in School?

Two Texas schools have scrapped their plans for mandatory Arabic classes. Credit: Joseph Barrak, AFP / Getty Images
Studying a foreign language is a good thing. As far as I know, students are required to take at least a couple of...
Two schools in Texas were about to make classes in Arabic language and culture mandatory, but the program is on hold after protests from parents.

Should Texas Cops Be Giving Tickets to 6-Year-Olds?

Watch it, kindergartner. Credit: Corbis This may sound like a ridiculous question, but according to a report on Yahoo! News, Texas cops are indeed giving tickets to 6-year-olds. What crimes are being committed in kindergarten? ...According to Yahoo! News, "1,000 tickets to elementary school children in 10 school districts" over a period of six years.

Conservatives Make Changes to Texas Curriculum

University of Texas students rallied before a State Board of Education meeting earlier this year to ask members not to inject their political agenda into the social studies and history curriculum. Credit: Jack Plunkett, AP
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -...

Opinion: The Texas Board of Education = Historical Revisionists

On Friday March 12, the Texas Board of Education voted along party lines to make changes to its school curriculum that will reflect conservative values. The problem is that these 10 individuals in Texas are attempting to insert their personal...

Texas Parents Upset by 'Segregated' Gym Class

Some parents in Sinton, Texas, hit the roof when they found out their kids' gym class at Smith Middle School was segregated. It's true. On Jan. 19, gym teacher Robert Mounts separated his students by eye color. The brown-eyed students started...

Four-Year-Old in Hot Water Over Long Locks

Taylor Pugh, 4, of Balch Springs, Texas, may love his long hair, but Mesquite ISD officials do not. Credit: Mona Reeder, Dallas Morning News / MCT
Four-year-old, Pre-K student Taylor Pugh found himself facing in-school suspension, isolated...

Student Banned From High School Yearbook For Making Funny Face

A Texas teen with a sense of humor had her picture removed from the high school yearbook for making a funny face for the camera. Fifteen-year-old Charlie Patton of San Antonio, Texas, mugged for her fellow students on picture day to get them to...

Mother Protests Texas Law That Allows Children to See Pornography

A father in Texas allegedly forced his 8- and 9-year-old daughters to watch hardcore online pornography. That's not against the law in the Lone Star State. The girls' mother thinks it ought to be. She is protesting a law passed by the Texas...

Dying Girl's Last Wish - A Wedding

Every little girl dreams about her wedding day, complete with visions of a big beautiful white dress and, of course, the perfect man. But 9-year-old Jayla Cooper doesn't have a lifetime to wait for Mr. Right. The Southlake, TX, girl has been battling...

California Woman Gives Birth to Octuplets!

An as-yet-unnamed woman in Belleflower, California became mom to eight -- yes, eight -- babies on Monday. The octuplets, six boys and two girls, were born via C-section at Kaiser Permanente hospital, and all are doing well. The newbies weigh anywhere...

Babe in Texas Toyland

Santa is not the only one making lists this time of year. In order to know what toys to request, kids peruse toy catalogs and pay close attention to television commercials before making their own lists of what they'd like to receive for...

Girl with Down syndrome voted Homecoming Queen

While America waits on the edge of its seat to see who will win the Presidential election, teenagers everywhere are engaged in a much more "important" vote -- that of homecoming king and queen. Though Election 2008 may be anything but settled, high...

Leighton Meester born in prison

According to a new report, actress Leighton Meester was essentially born in prison. The Gossip Girl star's mother was allegedly in prison serving time in federal prison in Texas for drug-related charges when her now-famous daughter was born. Mom...

Corporal punishment alive and well in the U.S.

Don't mess with Texas, they say, and that's especially true if you're a student in that particular state. The Human Rights Watch and the ACLU recently released a report on corporal punishment in the United States. They found that 25% of the reported...

School district gets tough on dress code violators

Most public schools have dress codes and for good reason. Some may disagree, but I think tiny skirts, skimpy tops, underwear-revealing baggy pants and all those other banned garments really don't contribute anything to the learning process. Of...

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