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Privatizing Terrell State Hospital, Texas Taps GEO Care

texasobserver.org — It took the residents of Terrell a long time to figure out that there was nothing they could do. As they filed into the Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ on November 3 for a town hall meeting about privatizing the local psychiatric hospital, attendees were handed a purple flier from the Texas State Employees Union.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Forrest4Trees: . @deprangy with an eye-opening account of the company set to take over Terrell State Hospital. texasobserver.org/terrell-state-…

Nov 28, 2014

. @deprangy with an eye-opening account of the company set to take over Terrell State Hospital. texasobserver.org/terrell-state-…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @TexasObserver: Why is Texas privatizing a troubled psychiatric hospital? @deprangy on the familiar company set to benefit: texasobserver.org/terrell-state-…

Truth in Texas Textbooks Makes a Big Textbook War Debut

texasobserver.org — When they write the history books about the State Board of Education, last week's drama over our new social studies textbooks probably won't go down as a high point. After punting on a preliminary vote Tuesday, the board approved the textbooks on Friday despite receiving hundreds of pages of revisions at the last minute, which many members hadn't read.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @TexasObserver: Last week Truth in Texas Textbooks helped sway the conservative #SBOE. Next up: your local school board. texasobserver.org/roy-white-trut… #txed

Nov 25, 2014

Just in time to fight with your family at Thanksgiving: meet the conservative gatekeepers grading Texas’ schoolbooks: texasobserver.org/roy-white-trut…

Taking Hunting Back From Ted Nugent

texasobserver.org — Jesse Griffiths is in the grocery store-the co-op grocer, Wheatsville, in Austin-when he gets recognized among the Dr. Bronner's soap and sustainable tofu and free-range paper towels. Recognizing Griffiths is pretty easy to do-he's a big young white guy with a beard, and lots of folks know him from Dai Due, a farmers market stand turned full-service restaurant and butcher shop on Austin's east side.