End-of-course exams will test Texas students and its educational system

The good news is: 76 percent of the 309,000 Texas public school students in the class of 2015 who have taken all or most of the five end-of-course (EOC) exams required to graduate have passed those assessments.

Two eager candidates in race for Arlington school board seat

Tony Pompa’s seat on the Arlington school board is up for grabs, and two very eager candidates are hoping to fill his shoes.

Rebuilding continues in West, as Texas drags its feet on regulations

Until one year ago, the small agricultural town of West in Central Texas — population about 2,800 — was best known for the place where travelers on Interstate 35 between Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin would stop for a little taste of Czech culture.

Commission should avoid slot look-alikes

The Legislature and voters are closely shepherding gambling expansion.

Incumbents earn keep in Arlington

On May 10, residents of Arlington will vote to stay the course or change things up a bit, when two of the city’s three at-large City Council seats are up for grabs.

Arts festival brings people downtown

The possibility of severe weather shuttered the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival’s final day, disappointing participants and attendees who have eagerly flocked to the city center for 29 years.

It’s better to vote for Arlington schools

Soon it will be time for residents of the Arlington school district to put political arguments aside and cast votes based on what they believe is best for their schools.

Mike Norman

Size of the sales tax enters Texas political debate

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Some of the talk says the rate could go higher, but don’t believe it.

Cynthia Allen

Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faith

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Faith is like any discipline worth pursuing: It requires work.

Bob Ray Sanders

A lesson in forgiveness from a Fort Hood victim

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When President Barack Obama and the first lady made a return visit to Fort Hood last week, they paused in front of the kind of memorials we have become accustomed to seeing since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Bud Kennedy

In H-E-B schools, it’s not Good Friday without a good note

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A Bedford lawmaker objects to schools requiring a parent’s note for an excused absence on the Christian holy day.

Jim Witt

Star-Telegram’s results in statewide journalism contest show the talent level in our newsroom

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About one-quarter of our staff is honored in competition against the biggest and best newspapers in Texas.

Richard Greene

Enough with the condescension about Arlington

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A writer covering Final Four weekend proceeded to sully the town.

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