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8.5% is the arbitrary benchmark rate set by the Texas Education Agency for the number of Special Education Students in a school district that may receive Special Education.  Even children with severe disabilities, including deafness and blindness, can't always get special education. 

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Youth Enrollment: Are the Numbers Really That Bad for Obamacare?

If you’ve been following the reactionary media’s narrative of online enrollment, Obamacare is headed for a disaster in Texas. Pundits all across the political spectrum are busy wringing their hands over less-than-fantastic enrollment numbers amongst the nations younger generation. But while that may make for good segments on cable news, the numbers are actually a little more nuanced.

Income inequality is biggest global risk, World Economic Forum says

This article was written by Jim Puzzanghera. It originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on January 17th, 2014.

Worsening income inequality is the risk most likely to cause serious damage around the globe in the coming decade, the World Economic Forum said in a report ahead of its annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland, next week.

The widening gap between rich and poor "raises concerns about the Great Recession and the squeezing effect it had on the middle classes in developed economies," the group said in its Global Risks 2014 report. 

Despite Obstacles, Obamacare Enrollment Surges in Texas

According to new data from the Federal Government, online health insurance enrollment is skyrocketing in Texas. Following a national trend of surging numbers, Texas now ranks 3rd among all states for the number of residents who have signed up for a healthcare plan. 24% of Texans lack basic health insurance, leaving 6 million of our neighbors one accident away from catastrophic medical bills. And while Texas is currently a leader in online enrollment, there’s still a lot left to do; the 120,000 residents who have enrolled make up only 2% of our uninsured.

San Jacinto Waste Pits: West Virginia, Waiting to Happen

Last Thursday residents of nine counties in West Virginia were told to stop using their tap water. Drinking, cooking, bathing, brushing teeth, even washing their hands, would have to be done with bottled water because of a chemical spill from a nearby coal plant. 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked into Elk River, less than two miles upstream from the West Virginia American Water treatment facility, leaving nearly 300,000 West Virginians without access to the most basic necessity. West Virginians - and concerned citizens across the country - were left to wonder why such toxic chemicals could be kept so close to a water way. But for residents of East Harris County, this is nothing new. Residents of Highlands and Baytown have been dealing with contaminated water for years. For nearly two decades we’ve been warned about the dangers of consuming fish caught in the San Jacinto River or Galveston Bay. All of this is due to irresponsible chemical storage near a major waterway.

Tyrant’s Foe: Fred Lewis is Helping Underserved Communities Turn Out the Vote

(This is a profile of Fred Lewis, President of Texans Together. It originally appeared online at www.TexasObserver.org, on Thursday, January 9th.)

According to Fred Lewis, too many Texans have too little influence on how their state is run. He’s working to change that.

For eight years, Lewis has headed Texans Together, a nonprofit that seeks to empower underserved communities, especially in Harris County, through grassroots activism. With Texans Together, he works to help poor and minority Texans gain a say in state government.

Press? Did we get Press!!!

Press?  Did we get Press!!!

Texans Together along with the San Jacinto River Coalition had been reaching out to our partners in our struggle to get the river cleaned properly.  Jacquelyn Young, the organizer who has been leading the effort for us, has gotten a lot of attention from the press. All of our partners have worked hard to get the word out and it shows. Here are some links that highlight the effort:

Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

Atascocita rodeo queen discovers cause of family illness, recovers, and goes on to successful modeling career.

Activists Protest Waste Management Headquarters In Downtown Houston!

San Jacinto residents demand cleanup of pollutants.

Texans Together Participates in San Jacinto River Press Conference


2013: A Year of Hard Work and Recognition

It’s been a busy year for the Texans Together community. 2013 has been a year of great success for our grassroots movement and our hard work has really paid off. As we look forward to 2014, we’d like to thank our wonderful family of volunteers, supporters, and organizers who make the work we do possible.

Oil and Education

(This editorial originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, December 15th, 2013)

Texas, praise be, is once again enjoying an oil boom. In September, our state hit its highest monthly production rate ever, pumping 2.7 million barrels of crude each day. Thanks largely to shale oil, we now produce more than twice as much oil as we did only three years ago. Driving through downtown Houston or the Energy Corridor, you can practically feel the skyscrapers thrumming with profits.

Texans Together: Helping Families #GetCovered

The first important deadline for the Affordable Care Act has passed. Individuals and families who signed up for coverage before December 24th will be covered as of January 1st, 2014. But if you haven't selected a policy yet, it's not too late. Open enrollment on the online marketplace lasts till March 31st. Many Houstonians still have questions about how to select the best policy for their individual health needs, and those of their family.  Texans Together is here to help.

Obamacare Signup Date Pushed Back 24 Hours!

The Obama administration announced today that it would move the deadline to sign up for coverage that would start on January 1st from Monday, December 23rd to Tuesday, December 24th. The deadline, which was already extended once, was moved due to the high volume of web traffic on the federal exchange website, and phone calls received by the federal call center. The website had many problems after its launch, causing serious delays in enrollments for many Americans.


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