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UT Students Say They Feel Betrayed After a Year of Dismantling DEI Programs

Texas is among the first states to successfully pass higher education DEI bans out of the 28 that have attempted to do so. The effects of the loss of these programs on individual students, staff and faculty, as well as the broader impact on campus culture are just now beginning to reveal themselves. 
UT dissolved its Multicultural Engagement Center on Jan. 1 and then terminated over 60 employees in DEI-related jobs on April 2. The newly renamed Division of Campus and Community Engagement and the Women’s Community Center were among those shut down.
“It’s such a betrayal,” said one student.

Petition Effort Poses Test for New Law, Progressive District Attorneys

One of the first uses of a new Texas law aimed at removing “rogue” district attorneys could curtail the discretion of prosecutors in major cities, political and legal analysts say. Travis County District Attorney José Garza, a Democrat who recently won a primary in his re-election bid as the county’s top prosecutor, will soon find […]

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Teacher Shortages Prompt Texas Schools to Recruit Worldwide

To address a teacher shortage, more Texas school districts are turning to the Visiting Teachers Program, which recruits certified educators from other countries. Through that initiative, international educators who are actively enrolled in a J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program approved by the Texas Education Agency may receive a temporary visiting international teacher certificate.

As Fewer Americans Attend Church, 2 Austin Congregations Highlight Religion’s Uncertain Future

Two Austin churches — one largely white, the other largely Black — demonstrate the uneven realities of the city’s Protestant Christian congregations during a time when most Americans have stopped going to church. COVID-19 lockdowns exacerbated the decline in churchgoing and, when institutions reopened, many people simply didn’t return. It’s created an unpredictable landscape that churches are navigating.

Lost in Transition: Rainey Street and a Failure of Historic Preservation

Bob Buehler encourages everyone to approach life with open arms. He reminds his much younger classmates that, despite what the old adage says, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Buehler’s Back in School Where an ‘Old Dog’ is Learning New Tricks

Texas Is a National Leader in Human Trafficking Cases. Experts Say the Issue Is Often Misunderstood.

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