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Civil Rights Op-Ed Politics and Governance Texas

Why APD Should Embrace City Council’s Resolution to Prevent Cannabis Testing and Prosecution

Texas opened the door to a host of problems around prosecuting possession of marijuana after legislation passed in the summer of 2019. Austin has its own response to how it think police should handle possession going forward, but not everyone agrees with the City Council’s progressive stance.

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National Op-Ed Politics and Governance

Learning from History: The Case for Unification of the Democratic Party in the Nomination Race

On Sept. 12, 2019, qualifying Democratic presidential candidates hit the stage in Houston, Texas for the third Democratic debate of the year. The highest polling and highest grossing candidates faced off on hot-button issues such as healthcare, race relations, gun violence, immigration, and trade policy, among others. Running throughout the debate was the question of […]

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Education Policy Op-Ed Op-Ed Contest

The Gas Pump is No Place for a Child to Play: The case for replacing 12th grade with universal Pre-K

This piece is the first prize winner of the 2019 Baines Report Op-Ed Contest. _ It’s the autumn of 1995 in a sleepy East Texas town. The principal of the local preschool stops by the store for groceries, when she notices a young child playing outside by the gas pumps. She rushes to the child’s […]

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Immigration Policy Op-Ed Op-Ed Contest

The silent victims of “zero tolerance” immigration policies

This piece won second place in the 2019 Baines Report Op-Ed Contest. _ Immigrant children with disabilities are suffering neglect and abuse under the hands of the Trump Administration. These children, who require specialized services and treatment, have often been separated from guardians and have been placed in facilities with insufficient oversight. Amid increased reports […]

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Op-Ed Politics and Governance Texas

House Bill 10 Reports on Mental Health Parity

“Now that a precedent has been given national media attention, Texans have greater incentive to be more vigilant when it comes to their rights as patients.”

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Energy & Environmental Policy National Op-Ed

Reducing Difficult-to-Eliminate Emissions Is No Easy Task

As of 2018, over one hundred municipalities in the United States have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in the coming decades. Yet, complete decarbonization paths have yet to be trodden. Recent collaborative research out of Cal Tech and Carnegie Mellon published in Science magazine addresses the challenges of energy sectors that are difficult-to-decarbonize […]

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Education Policy Misc National Op-Ed

One year after the Parkland, FL school shooting, reforms are still unfinished.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in which 17 students and teachers lost their lives. Yet, one year later, there are few reforms to show for a recurring problem that repeatedly puts our country’s children at risk. While some measures have resulted in reform, such as a bump […]

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Education Policy National Op-Ed Politics and Governance Texas

Changing a system of segregation requires more than single-member districts

Minority underrepresentation on Texas school boards is failing thousands of school children each year, as reported in the Texas Tribune’s investigative reporting on school dis-integration. Districts, such as the Richardson ISD, while representing a significant proportion of students of color, have just one person of color serving on the school board. In January, proponents for […]

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National Op-Ed

She may be radical, but AOC has not gone far enough on taxes

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a lightning rod for news coverage. She was recently featured on “60 Minutes,” an opportunity that has eluded some of her more seasoned peers in the House. Ocasio-Cortez spoke on a range of topics during the interview, including inequality, climate change, and immigration. But one subject generated a truly surprising […]

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National Op-Ed Politics and Governance

This Immigrant Muslim Woman Says: Please Don’t Unfriend Your Annoying Republican Uncle

On Nov. 9, 2016, I woke up to a bewildering array of text messages. There were the many friends who, like myself, were utterly shocked that Donald Trump was going to be our next president. There were also the fellow teachers hastily scrapping lesson plans so we could talk about the election with our students. […]