The United States has fallen from its precipice of leader in graduation rates in higher education since the 1980s argues Suzanne Mettler in her new book, "Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream."
The public divestment of states has left many universities with less and less money, relying more and more on students to make up the difference. The result has been exploding costs and debt for students.
The scourge of Hepatitis C may be on its way out, or that is what doctors behind a new treatment are saying. Researchers are making the prediction that the pernicious disease could be eradicated in 15 years with the right outreach.
Last week "Grits For Breakfast" published the report from the state's prison consultants, The Moss Group, on what implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) would have meant for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has frozen nearly $200,000 slotted for air improvement programs at the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) for publicly posting a study the state's environmental regulator had funded without TCEQ review.
With the city teetering on the precipice of non-attainment with the Clean Air Act -- and the threat of additional mandatory regulations on cars, trucks and ozone producers -- why is the funding being frozen now?
The drought that caused several Texas ranchers to sell off their herds in the past three years is also a culprit in the current surge in red meat prices.
According to several economists the prices are setting records. The demand for beef in Asia as well as increased feed prices -- as corn increasingly heads to ethanol refiners -- are also to blame for the current state of high prices.
More than a billion dollars was collected by the Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program in its 11 years of existence. The program, administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety, levies additional -- some argue exceedingly high -- costs on serial driving offenders, the uninsured, and those caught drinking and driving.
Mexican-American studies courses were pushed to the back of the line; sometimes having no curriculum, as here in Texas, or being outright banned in states like Arizona.
Many academics and activists have argued for years that we aren't educating students about their independent cultures and are instead focusing on a predominant culture that focuses on the accomplishments of white Americans. But the changing demographics of Texas raised the issue to a fever pitch last week at the State Board of Education (SBOE).
The overuse of modern antibiotics may be the root cause behind the rise in obesity, diabetes (type 1), asthma, allergies, celiac disease, and many more.
The developed world's obsession with hygiene has rid our bodies of what Dr. Martin Blaser argues are good microflora that thrive in the human gut. In turn, bacteria that would have helped with some of these major health issues are absent, leaving us vulnerable.
The American church is one fragmented and in the constant throes of evolution. Despite a strong belief in the bygone big-tent Christianity of unity and uniform strength in mission, Stephen Cox argues in his new book, "American Christianity," that from nearly its inception the American Christian movement has been marked by fractures, personalities, diversity of opinion, choice, and practice.