pjruger - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:10am
The Texas education system received its annual report card from Education Weekly, a national publication that graded states and Washington DC. There were many parts of the grade including student’s chance for success, school finance and K-12 achievement.
The report rated the United System as a whole as a C, and Texas overall as a C-.
pjruger - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:04pm
Minister Robert Muhammad, Host of KPFT's "Connect the Dots," was joined for a radio interview by Texans Together Community Coordinator Chris Schillaci, and Faith Based Outreach Coordinator Rev. Vincent Fana on Wednesday, 1/7/2015.
pjruger - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:41am
The 84th Texas Legislature starts on January 13, 2015. So far, there have been 137 bills filed that are related to education and 7 were for Pre-K. How many, if any, will reach the floor is anybody’s guess. As Fox26’s Greg Groogan reported in December, a Pre-K funding bill will face a ‘strong head wind’ according to State Senator Elect Paul Bettancourt.
pjruger - Thu, 01/01/2015 - 7:13pm
Our two primary Apartment complexes for Apartments Are Communities (AAC) are the Mai (formerly known as the Mint) Apartments in Alief and the Linda Vista Apartments in Northeast Houston. It was a busy year for both
Apartment complexes. While a change in ownership at the Mai Apartments brought some unique challenges, Linda Vista grew more stable and active.
pjruger - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 5:40pm
2014 has been a great year for Empower Houston Leaders (EHL).
This year we covered the Houston area with successful graduations from Pasadena to Baytown to Independence Heights. The Pasadena EHL was our largest to date with 71 members. In December, we had the first get together for our Women’s EHL class at the historic SHAPE center with a phenomenal energy level.
JYoung - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 7:11pm
Photo By Julio Cortez/Chronicle
The San Jacinto River Coalition has established a strong leadership group, broad bi-partisan support from elected officials, and over one thousand supporters. Citizens regularly fill government meetings to capacity. In
January 2014, the EPA called a special community meeting at the Coalition’s request to update the residents. Two hundred community members appeared on a cold weekday night in far eastern Harris County, closely questioning the EPA and calling for full remediation. Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan credits the Coalition for moving the EPA to seriously consider that the Waste Pits’ toxic wastes be fully removed.
CSchillaci - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 2:59pm
Juana Lopez was a graduate of the first all Spanish Empower Houston Leaders (EHL) class. The class took place last winter at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Baytown.
pjruger - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:05am
This op-ed may be about Haiti, but it speaks to the essence of what Texans Together tries to do. There is no surer way to improve our communities, quality of life, diversity, and upward mobility than education.
pjruger - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:03pm
On December 13th, a gathering of extraordinary women occurred. The Women's Empowerment Extravaganza was held at the SHAPE center. The meet and greet is the lead in for our Empower Houston Leaders focusing on women's interests. From the beginning the energy in the room was phenomenal and as the women began to share, it was clear that the passion was there to bring about community improvement and change.
pjruger - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:27pm
San Jacinto River Coalition, SJRC, testified this morning at Harris County's Commissioners Court. They asked that the settlement funds from Harris County's Waste Pits litigation be allocated to the communities surrounding the site. The trial ended on November 13, 2014, with the jury found that International Paper Co was not responsible for the pollution leaking out of the Waste Pits.