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Schaefer Calls on TEA to Hold Off on Revocation of Azleway’s Charter

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 10:46 am

thumb_matt-schaeffer-1TYLER — Following an announcement that an administrative law judge has upheld the revocation of Azleway Charter School’s charter by the Texas Education Agency, State Rep. Matt Schaefer is calling on Michael Williams, Texas commissioner of education, to hold off on the revocation of the charter due to pending litigation. Azleway currently has an appeal pending with the Third Court of Appeals in Austin and Schaefer says he feels that the timing of the revocation would be harmful to all parties involved, including Chapel Hill ISD, which would absorb many Azleway students.

“Students at Azleway have already started school for the year,” Schaefer said in a news release, “and with Chapel Hill ISD getting ready to start school next week, there is not enough time for them to prepare for additional students. They have not had a chance to get the personnel and resources in place to take on this additional responsibility.”

Schaefer says he believes that any action taken should be done with the best interest of the students in mind. “A tremendous amount of harm could be done by moving responsibility for these students on such short notice after school has already started,” he said. “If the revocation does take place, there should be a formal transition plan which gives everyone involved adequate time to prepare.”

Since Azleway only serves at-risk students, Schaefer says he believes the campus should not be evaluated under the same standards as other charter schools, and that Azleway school operations should continue either due to a favorable court decision, or legislative action in 2015. Ultimately, Schaefer says he believes Williams has discretion in the matter. “There are serious issues in the pending litigation that should be resolved before TEA acts,” Schaefer said. “I hope Commissioner Williams will use the discretion inherent in his office to serve the best interests of Azleway students.”

Meanwhile, there’s some campus reaction after the Tuesday judicial ruling. Dan Hall, who’s spent a year as a history teacher at Azleway, tells KETK, “It’s a death sentence for us, we can’t afford to stay open with the private funding, so might as well say we’re done, shut the doors.” Hall moved his family to East Texas for his current position — and at this point in the year, there aren’t many teaching positions available. “Most schools already have all their teachers lined up, in place, ready to go. There’s no more openings, so what am I gonna do?” wonders Hall. He challenges the TEA decision, adding, “I don’t understand half of what TEA does. The word needs to get out that there are things going on with TEA that are just not right.”

Hall adds that Azleway’s students aren’t like most; they are often a group not wanted by other school districts. He says, “It’s a place where students, children, boys and girls can get a second chance. We are not just a school we’re a ministry as well.” He says the latest decision will not only force teachers like himself to find other means of income but will also leave many students stranded.

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Kilgore Police: Man Entered Women’s Bathroom

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

53f6065a00596.preview-300KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is seeking the assistance of the community in identifying a man who allegedly entered a public women’s restroom for a lewd purpose earlier this month. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, anyone with information is asked to email Detective John Rowe at or call him at 903-218-6906. You can also contact Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-STOP or text an anonymous tip to 847411 + KILGORE + your tip. You’re asked to refer to KPD Incident #1408-0728.

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Spring Hill Trustees Pass Budget

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 10:43 am

LONGVIEW — A $17.2 million budget has been passed by Spring Hill school trustees. KETK reports board members approved the budget at Monday’s meeting. $13.4 million will go toward operating costs for the school district. The rest of the budget will be used to pay off the debt from a bond issue.

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UT Tyler Announces College of Education and Psychology Interim Dean

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

Wesley Hickey-U-T TylerTYLER – The new interim dean of the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Texas at Tyler, effective September 1, is Dr. Wesley Hickey. The announcement was made by Dr. Ross Sherman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Hickey who has served the university since 2004, will fill the vacancy left by Sherman’s new appointment. A UT Tyler alumnus, Hickey is an associate professor of educational leadership. He has served as the UT Tyler Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies chair since March 1, and he was also superintendent program coordinator for 10 years.

“As a former teacher, coach, principal and superintendent, Dr. Hickey has a breadth of professional experiences that will serve him well in his new position,” Sherman said. “He is highly respected both in K-12 and higher education for his work in educational leadership throughout the state.”

As interim dean, Hickey will oversee the university’s education and psychology programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the UT Tyler School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Department of Psychology and Counseling.

“It is an honor to work with the chairs, faculty and staff of the departments in the College of Education and Psychology,” Hickey said.

A highly published educator and presenter, he has brought UT Tyler several external grants. Hickey was also instrumental in establishing the UT Tyler Innovation Academy, having served as founding superintendent and is currently faculty adviser for its three locations in Tyler, Longview and Palestine. Hickey also organizes and leads the UT Tyler “Belize for Educators” travel study course, which is an extension of ongoing research and service in southern Belize. In addition, he was the 2008 UT Tyler J. Burns Brown Fellow and is co-editor of the book, Texas Public School Organization and Administration.

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UT Tyler Muntz Library Director Appointed to State Board

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

Jeanne Standley-UT TylerTYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library director Jeanne Standley has been appointed to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s TexShare Advisory Board. A UT Tyler alumna, Standley has served the university since 2000. TexShare is a cooperative program designed to improve library service to Texans. TexShare focuses on the efficient sharing of library holdings, with an emphasis on electronic information resources and traditional collections of books and journals In this role, Standley represents public universities, replacing Farzaneh Razzaghi, UT Pan American dean of library.

She has represented libraries at the national, state and local levels through her involvement with American Library Association’s Library Leadership & Management Association, including service on the Library Partnerships Committee and participation in the TALL Texans Leadership Institute and the Texas Council of Academic Libraries, including a term as member-at-large for the Texas Council of State University Librarians. Standley also participated in the TexShare 2012 Statewide Strategic Planning Summit.

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Marshall Honors Native Y.A. Tittle

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

MARSHALL (AP/Staff) – The Marshall school board has voted unanimously to name its high school football field house in honor of hometown sports legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle. Tittle is 87 and lives in Atherton, California. He was born and raised in Marshall, played at Marshall High School in the 1940s, then went to Louisiana State University. He played 10 years for San Francisco in the NFL, then led the New York Giants to three division titles before retiring in 1964. Tittle threw for more than 33,000 yards and 242 touchdowns and entered the Hall of Fame in 1971. The Marshall News Messenger reports school officials say Tittle has health issues, that officials have talked with his family and that they’re OK with the designation.

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Sound Physicians to Lead TMF Hospitalist Program

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

thumb_MotherFrances-sign-2TYLER – Beginning August 20, Sound Physicians has been contracted and formally begun managing the Hospitalist program at Mother Frances Hospital Tyler (MFH Tyler) and the Louis and Peaches Owen Hospital (LPOHH). That announcement comes in a news release from Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. Sound Physicians will also bring on-site operations leadership and hospitalist RN’s to help drive performance and has plans to build out its post-acute provider network and transitional care management program. Sound Physicians is a physician-founded and led national management company started in 2001 with headquarters in Houston. They manage over 930 hospitalist physicians in more than 100 hospitals across the country.

“We are incredibly excited about this new partnership and what it will bring to Trinity Mother Frances and our patients,” said Patrick Simonson, interim Director of Hospital-based Services and Practices for Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “In addition to these wonderful physicians, TMFHC will be getting a true, reliable set of performance analytics for doctors, practices and patients. We will essentially have access to a national database geared toward individual physicians, which will give us the capabilities to better evaluate ourselves and improve patient experience and outcomes. This is a progressive approach to hospitalist care.”

According to the news release, this agreement is a bellwether for both TMFHC and Sound. Officials say there will be additional hospitalists added to the staff at MFH Tyler and the LPOHH, and Sound at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics will be the largest employed group of Sound physicians anywhere in the country. Hospitalists are internal medicine physicians or physician assistants who specialize in caring for people in a hospital. They act as advocates, coordinate care, and keep all a patient’s care providers informed, according to the release.

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Ebola Patients Released

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP/Staff) – A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk. Officials announced the release of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol on Thursday. Brantly, of Fort Worth, left Emory University Hospital on Thursday. Writebol left Tuesday. Family and officials say they’re free of the virus. Writebol’s husband says she left privately in a weakened condition to recuperate at an undisclosed location. They were at the hospital nearly three weeks. Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of the infectious disease unit at the hospital, said at a news conference that their release did not pose a public health risk. At the news conference, Brantly said it is “a miraculous day.”

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Perry Campaign Funds to Cover Future Legal Costs

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

Rick Perry mug shotAUSTIN (AP) – Gov. Rick Perry says any future legal bills he incurs fighting two felony indictments will be paid for with campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars. Perry has spent $80,000 in public funds on the case so far, and has retained a high-powered team of attorneys moving forward. But spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Thursday that further legal bills would come out of campaign coffers. She says she didn’t know if there are plans to reimburse the state for Perry’s past legal expenses. The governor isn’t seeking re-election, but may run again for president in 2016. As of June 30, he had $4 million-plus in campaign funds. Perry was indicted last week by a grand jury in Austin on coercion and official oppression. He calls the case a political ploy.

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Picture Emerges of Officer in Ferguson Shooting: Texas Ties

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

Darren Wilson2FERGUSON, MO. (AP) — Vastly different characterizations emerge of a white suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Ferguson protesters call Darren Wilson a murderer, while the Texas native’s supporters say he’s wrongly maligned for doing his job. Wilson has vanished from public view since shortly after Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death, and his family isn’t talking. The Brown family’s attorneys have labeled Wilson a killer, though no charges have been filed. But a former high school classmate, Jake Shepard, says Wilson isn’t racially motivated, doesn’t harbor hate and was always respectable, well-mannered and “genuine.” Wilson’s parents were married four years before divorcing in Texas in 1989. He divorced last November. His mother, a convicted forger, died in 2002. The Ferguson police force gave Wilson a commendation in February.

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Two Fatally Electrocuted in West Texas Oilfield

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

WESTBROOK (AP) — Two men are dead and one is hospitalized in critical condition after they were electrocuted while moving an oil well pumping jack in West Texas. The accident happened around midday Wednesday near the town of Westbrook, about 80 miles northeast of Midland. Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Coombs says a cable from the truck the workers were using touched a power line.

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Man Charged in Deadly Houston-Area Road Rage Case

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

Handcuffed suspect-whiteHOUSTON (AP) — An apparent road rage incident in the Houston area has left a man shot to death and a second driver charged with murder. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says Travein Straughter, 25, was being held Wednesday on $50,000 bond. He was arrested following Tuesday night’s gunfire. The name of the 38-year-old SUV driver who was killed wasn’t immediately released. The sheriff’s office says Straughter told deputies that the SUV driver tried to run him off the road, then followed him home and allegedly tried to run over him. Investigators say the SUV driver was shot while revving the vehicle’s engine and accelerating. He was dead at the scene. Deputies say Straughter fled, but later returned to the scene.

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Official: Submerged Boat Delayed Retrieval of Body

Posted/updated on: August 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

Coast Guard sigBAYTOWN (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard this week spent 17 hours covering 38 square miles of the Houston Ship Channel searching for a missing shrimp boat captain whose body was ultimately found by his father in the capsized vessel. The father found the body of Ronald Lynn Galloway, 42,’ in the pilot house of the Mr. Anthony, hours after the Coast Guard had suspended its search. Coast Guard Petty Officer Manda Emery said Wednesday that searchers were prevented from finding Galloway soon after the vessel capsized because murky waters restricted access. Emery says the tide eventually shifted the boat, allowing for entry into the pilot house. She says a Harris County sheriff’s dive team searched the waters Monday but had limited access to the boat. A call to sheriff’s officials was not returned.

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On KFXK Fox 51: Rosemary’s Revenge

You Tell Me Texas may be seen on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as a part of Fox 51 East Texas News at 9 p.m. The strategy behind last week’s indictment of Gov. Rick Perry can be clearly seen in what isn’t included in Rachel Maddow’s story on MSNBC. (See the story here.) Gov. Perry faces […] Read More | Visit The You Tell Me Texas Blog

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