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WGU Texas Tops 10,000 Student Milestone

AUSTIN, Texas,  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the first time ever, WGU Texas’ enrollment has topped 10,000 students. The online, nonprofit, competency-based university, which admits new students every month, saw its enrollment totals pushed to a record 10,069 in February. Jonathan Cearley of Kyle is being recognized as WGU Texas’ 10,000th student. He started work on his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (elementary education) in February. Cearley toured as a professional musician for 12 years. Continue Reading →

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School Choice Advocates: After Teacher Raise, What is the Plan to Improve Oklahoma’s Schools?

OKLAHOMA CITY – With teachers poised to receive the largest salary increase in state history, parents and  education reform groups are now asking legislators to focus on improving Oklahoma schools and boosting student outcomes. ChoiceMatters, which works to connect parents with educational resources and options, said the pay raises were needed but would not help students without additional reforms.

“We are grateful the Legislature has acted to give teachers a much-needed pay raise,” said ChoiceMatters Executive Director Robert Ruiz. “However, the important work of improving our schools has not yet begun. Educational outcomes in Oklahoma are getting worse, and many of our children are falling further and further behind. This is particularly true in low-income and minority communities, where disparity in outcomes is growing.”

Latino children in Oklahoma are 3.5 time more likely than white children to attend a school rated “F” on the state’s education report card. Continue Reading →

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Genoa Board to Consider Guns on Campus


Genoa, AR – When you hear about school shootings, many people in rural areas do not consider their schools to be potential targets.  That view is changing with what appears to be a national rise in shootings, and now the smaller schools are considering their options to protect students.  Genoa Central Schools is one such district that will consider their options this evening at the school’s board meeting.  The superintendent and board will consider several options, but the first one to be mentioned publically has been deputizing teachers. Like many schools, Genoa has dealt with potentially dangerous students in the past.  There have been threats, fights, and other issues, but there have been no mass styled shootings such as those seen in other states.   Usually, during any incidents at the school, the resource officer from the Miller County Sheriff’s Department has been on-site or at least nearby to address the problem.  If a student has made a verbal threat, the officer has responded and talked directly with the student, taking action as appropriate. Genoa, Arkansas is certainly not an anti-gun district or area.  Several of the students hunt and have done so since an early age.  Many of them have grown up around guns and the school even has a trap shooting team and archery.  While the days of the “gun rack” in the back of pickup trucks may be long gone, it’s certainly not unusual to see the parking lot lined with four-wheel drive vehicles in the area covered with clear indications, usually mud, that they have gone into the woods or are used in outdoor activities that possibly include hunting or target practice.   Despite what is likely a very comfortable atmosphere with guns for hunting and even defending your home, the school is still concerned about the potential of a shooter crisis. The board will meet this evening, however, it will not discuss options which include the potential to arm some teachers, find out ways to deputize some teachers, increase deputies on site, or some other potential solution may be suggested.  There are likely people who will want to keep the school a gun-free-zone; however, advocates for arming teachers will be quick to point out that the gun-free signs are usually ignored by potential shooters.  The school has indicated that they will give plenty of notice prior to a public meeting regarding the potential changes and updates for the school. The district should keep a few things in mind as they move forward with the meeting tonight.  First, any arming or concealed weapons being considered for teachers should only be done with training, possibly concealed carry training, caution, and preparations through new policies, and extended security measures.  The district must be able to ensure the gun does not fall into the wrong hands at any point during the school day.  There should also be considerations for potential pay differentials for those willing to carry and arm themselves while on campus or at school events.  The second thing that must be remembered is that unlike any other district in Miller County, Genoa is located on a state highway.  This means the schools are subject to more traffic and a greater possibility of someone traveling through and stopping at the school.   This fact alone puts the district at an increased potential target threat.  Finally, the school must consider options on all concealed carry permits.  Will they allow only teachers to carry on campus or will they allow anyone such as concealed carry permit citizen to carry to such events as football games, basketball games, and other school-related events?  For the most part, school policies have simply banned all weapons on campus regardless of carrying status up to this point. Continue Reading →

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TC Presents Omens in the Sky


How Eclipses, Comets and Asteroids Have Influenced History

March 2, 2018- Few things in the sky have produced more awe and superstition than eclipses, comets, and asteroids. As part of the Texarkana College’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Delbert Dowdy, a thirty-year professor of physics, will explain the nature and causes of these celestial beings. Join Texarkana College’s Department of Science, Technology and Math (STEM) on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 6:00 PM for this fascinating presentation. Lecture will take place in the Stilwell Humanities Building Music Hall. “Man has recorded these strange happenings from the dawn of history,” said Dowdy. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Police Start “See Something, Say Something” Campaign

Due to the horrific events that have occurred recently involving school shootings the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, in conjunction with the Texarkana Arkansas School District, is launching “See Something, Say Something” campaign to heighten awareness of potential threats against our children and in our schools. Its simple, if you see or hear something that alludes to a possibly dangerous or harmful circumstance, call and report it.  With the community working together both inside and outside of our school walls we can assure our children’s’ safety. To report suspicious activity, contact your TAPD at 903-798-3130. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

Who or what you saw;
When you saw it;
What you heard;
Where it occurred; and
Why it’s suspicious. If there is an emergency call 9–1–1. Continue Reading →

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February  2018, Texarkana, TX- More than 530 students earned a spot on Texarkana College’s scholastic honor roll for fall 2017 by earning high-grade point averages (GPA) in twelve or more college-level semester credit hours. Students on the President’s List earned a 3.8 GPA or higher and students earning GPAs of 3.2 or higher were placed on the Dean’s List. Students in academic, workforce, as well as high school students participating in dual credit or early admissions courses, are eligible for placement on TC’s honor rolls. “It is evident that our students are committed to achieving their dreams of earning college credit, furthering their academic goals, and bettering their futures,” said James Henry Russell, TC President. “Often our students have to overcome barriers that try to keep them from college completion; however, they make the most of their challenges and strive toward excellence. Continue Reading →

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Aspiring Americans Scholarship Application Released

Undocumented and DACA-Eligible Students Encouraged to Apply
Oklahoma City, OK, February 15, 2018– Aspiring Americans has announced the beginning of the application process for the Aspiring Americans Scholarship 2018, a scholarship benefitting students displaying high academic achievement who do not qualify for federal financial aid. Luis Hidalgo program director of Aspiring Americans said this morning: “The Aspiring Americans Scholarship is a yearly effort to reward those students in the community who despite all obstacles, have chosen to continue their education demonstrating commitment and strong moral character.” Over the last 3 years, Aspiring Americans has been able to award tens of thousands of dollars to students across Oklahoma thanks to generous donations from community members, businesses, and universities.  The application process will be open from February 15, 2018 to March 15, 2018 through the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) scholarship portal at: Aspiring Americans is a program of Scissortail Community Development Corporation as part of its mission of economic and social development in Oklahoma. The Aspiring Americans mission is to help undocumented students and families in Oklahoma pursue the highest education possible and facilitate their successful enrollment in colleges and universities across the state. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Foundation Receives $3,272 Gift from Texarkana Noon Lions Club

The Texarkana Noon Lions Club presented a $3,272 check to the Texarkana College Foundation today at a check presentation ceremony held at 10 AM in the lobby of the Texarkana College Nelson Administration Building. The gift represents proceeds from a recent gun raffle by the Lions Club and will be used for student scholarships. Lions Club representative, Selden McMillin, said, “It is important for us to support our community and we are proud to give these scholarships.”

Katie Andrus, director of the TC Foundation, said the gift will have a big impact on students. “We are so appreciative of the Lion’s Club generous donation and their commitment to higher education,” said Andrus. “The Lions have made education a priority when it comes to supporting our community through their fundraising efforts. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Trustees learned today that dual credit courses offer students a significant advantage when it comes to college completion. Dual credit courses, delivered through partnerships between high schools and colleges, offer high school students the option to take college-level courses on their own campus at a fraction of the cost of typical university tuition. Students simultaneously earn high school and college credit, saving college-bound students thousands of dollars in tuition and valuable time toward degree completion. However, research recently released from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) shows that economically disadvantaged students across the state are less likely to complete dual credit courses, raising questions as to why the disparity in enrollment exists. The THECB commissioned the RAND Corporation to conduct a study on dual credit courses offered on high school campuses across Texas. Continue Reading →

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Maud ISD Robotics Team Advances to State

Maud, TX – On January 19th Maud ISD’s Twitter feed published the great news about second and third place winners in the robotics contest.  According to the tweet from the official Maud ISD Twitter Feed the school had at least two teams place. Holden, Evan, Jacob, and Robert all worked on a team that placed third in the overall competition.  Kullen and Jared’s team placed second and as a result, they will advance to the state level competition. Mrs. Hilton is the sponsor for the Robotic Team out of Maud and the team’s hard work is being recognized throughout the district. Continue Reading →

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