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This week, on the basis of whole-cloth lies, major corporations went to political war with the state of Georgia. The lies at issue revolved around Georgia’s new voter law, characterized by both Stacey Abrams and President Joe Biden as a new form of Jim Crow.

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Even before the pandemic, Texas schools faced daunting challenges. About 88% of students were economically disadvantaged. Two ethnic groups that comprised about two-thirds of enrollment (and rapidly growing) held less than 8% of the state’s wealth. Many districts had massive infrastructure d…

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When seasons change, it often stirs up our emotions. Recently, on a Sunday in March, I felt a temperature change, which made the morning air crisp and cool.

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Last week we held our Board Excellence awards. For those who are unfamiliar, these awards celebrate a student’s academic standing and conduct. Students from each grade level from five through eight, and the top 10 students from Victoria East High School and Victoria West High School grade le…

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Initial claims for state unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell to 684,000 in late March for the first time in a year. Believe it or not, that’s important. “Initial claims” sounds like something only an economist could love (and a nerdy one at that). This weekly statistic represents the firs…

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This is almost too easy but I can’t resist. I was actually going to write a column about President Biden’s dog, Major, biting people; also among the lowest of the hanging fruits. “President’s dog a Major pain.” It writes itself.

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As you might imagine, spring break was a time of reflection for me. Over the course of the week, it occurred to me that this past year I finally became a Shepherd in the truest sense of the word.

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Almost two weeks ago, a white man shot to death eight people in Atlanta-area spas, six of them Asian American. According to Atlanta police, the man said he was targeting brothels and blamed the women for his alleged sex addiction. The gunman stated that he had visited two of the spas before …

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It’s now been a year since COVID-19 began to upend the lives of people around the world. The human cost has been tragic, and measures needed to slow the spread of the virus have also taken a toll on mental health and wellbeing. From an economic perspective, the pandemic has caused substantia…

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As someone with a background in counseling, I have been trained to believe that each of us makes choices and then acts in a way that is consistent with those choices. The goal of the counselor is to divine the logic of the choices made by individuals to help them see a way to make different …

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The latest stimulus comes with a price tag of $1.9 trillion, adding to the $4 trillion authorized last year. The final bill is a “mixed bag,” with numerous provisions crucial to sustaining the recovery but others less essential. Such is inevitably the case when anything of significance grind…

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This past week, President Biden’s military declared its first war ... on Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Carlson had committed the great sin of pointing out the oddity of the fact that the Biden White House had been promoting brand-new uniforms for pregnant soldiers, rather than America’s mili…

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Welcome back! Last time we looked at what our academic progress has been over the last five years. Today, I want to continue the conversation in regard to our staff at the VISD.

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He was nowhere to be seen at CPAC, and no wonder. Many Republicans want to hang Mike Pence. In what I suppose is a positive development, I hear there’s a new coalition that doesn’t favor carrying out the punishment in accordance with the traditional standard of “until dead,” but will instead…

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March 14 marked the beginning of National Tired and Grouchy Week in much of the United States as we participated in the annual gimmick of “springing forward” to Daylight Saving Time.

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March 13 was a day of reflection and remembrance for me. That day will be seared in my mind for my remaining days on this planet. That was the day, that was the moment, when I realized everything had changed. That was when COVID-19 became the ever-present threat in my life every waking secon…

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Now that things are getting closer to normal after the extreme weather and blackouts, attention has rightly and rapidly turned to actions to ensure that we never have a repeat.

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I spoke to a grandparent last week and thoroughly enjoyed both the conversation and banter. Over the course of our dialogue, I sensed I was speaking with someone who would have made a great teacher. I felt a challenge goal being set, but somehow, he convinced me it was my idea to challenge m…

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Over the last few weeks, a conversation has begun in our community. This conversation has taken place at the water coolers, on radio shows, in the newspapers, on social media, at various group meetings and of course, at the VISD Board of Trustees’ meetings. This conversation concerns our pub…

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Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to end his pandemic restrictions on masks and business capacity was a surprise — and a convenient change of subject for an executive under scrutiny for statewide blackouts last month.

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On Sunday morning, alert readers of our Facebook page were warned of the sudden change in the weather forecast. Thanks to the Advocate’s quick action on social media, our readers were prepared for the second wave of brutally cold weather that would bring wind chills back down in the lows 20s…

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Two weeks ago, my administrative team and I had the opportunity to interview for The Holdsworth Center District Leadership Program. Every other year, districts apply to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience, founded by Charles Butt, chairman of H-E-B, in 2017. He named the Center for …

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Each time we have a significant weather event, it seems to turn into a contest for storytelling. Each person tries to top the current weather with a story of another weather incident they lived through that was far worse.

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Last week was hard. We, like many in South Texas, lost power in the midst of a historic winter storm. Temperatures were in the teens for days on end and we were forced to seek shelter for us and our three dogs.

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The recent extreme winter weather is unprecedented in Texas. Records were shattered, and the cold lingered for a spell. Most people had to deal with power outages (sometimes for days in freezing temperatures) and millions had no water (again for an extended period). The resulting stress and …

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