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Supreme Court Will Hear Case From Deaf Teens Over Driver’s Ed Interpreters

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court late last month announced its agreed to hear a case brought by deaf teens against the Texas Education Agency. The plaintiffs allege the state has failed to establish accommodations for their disability in driver’s education classes. The state says it’s not obligated to do so, as driver’s ed is not a […]

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Are Thousands of Texas Voters Being Disenfranchised?

Posted on · A report by the Texas Civil Rights Project describes what the organization considers defective and inadequate voter registration procedures at both state and local levels. According to the report, these practices effectively disenfranchise thousands of Texans. There are seven bodies charged with registering people to vote, but the Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have enforcement […]

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Voter Registration, Girl Scouts, & One Square Mile: Houston Matters for Tues., Jan. 21, 2014

Posted on · A report by the Texas Civil Rights Project describes what the organization considers defective and inadequate voter registration procedures at both state and local levels. According to the report, these practices effectively disenfranchise thousands of Texans. There are seven bodies charged with registering people to vote, but the Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have enforcement […]

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Houston Jails & Prisons, Super Neighborhoods, & Houston Greeters: Houston Matters for Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

Posted on · One way to judge the quality of a society is to look at how it treats its prisoners. If we were to do that here in Houston, what would we see? It’s a question that perhaps is best answered in two stages – first, by examining how inmates are processed through jail (and what will […]