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Texas top ten percent policy provides a cautionary lesson
July 8, 2019 | hechingerreport | by JILL BARSHAY

Texas’s policy to automatically admit the top students in each high school to the state’s flagship universities didn’t expand the number of high schools that send students to Texas A&M University, College Station.

One proposal to boost the number of black and Latino students in elite schools is to cream the top students from every neighborhood or community, rather than admitting only the top students on a national or statewide yardstick. That way the brightest Latino students in a predominantly Latino school, for example, can get a shot at a coveted slot that they otherwise might not get. Bill de Blasio, New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate, has floated this idea for diversifying his city’s elite high schools.

But the state of Texas provides a cautionary lesson for how much this sort of well-intended reform can accomplish. Research is showing that a policy that takes the top students from the state’s high schools didn’t increase diversity in Texas’s elite universities or increase the number of high schools that feed them.
admissions  affirmative_action  African-Americans  cautionary_tales  Colleges_&_Universities  diversity  elitism  high-achieving  high_schools  Latinos  students  Texas  workarounds 
july 2019 by jerryking
A Texas Farmer on Harvey, Bad Planning and Runaway Growth -
AUG. 30, 2017 | The New York Times | By SEAMUS McGRAW.

Seamus McGraw is the author, most recently, of “Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories From the Front Lines of Climate Change.” He is at work on a new book about water issues in Texas......Haskell Simon...is a man who has, in nine decades in Texas, developed a deep appreciation for the complex interplay between nature and the world we create......The cycles of storms and droughts are...an inevitable fact of life in Texas..... those storms and droughts are still more destructive than they ever were before, simply because there is more to destroy......in the 16 years since Tropical Storm Allison deluged Houston, that city, which famously balks at any kind of zoning regulation, and the surrounding region, which encompasses all or parts of 15 counties, have undergone a period of explosive growth, from 4.8 million people in 2000 to more than 7 million today. Harris County alone, which includes the city of Houston, has grown to 4.6 million, up from 3.4 million.....That’s millions of people guzzling water when times are dry.....A century’s worth of unchecked growth has brought prosperity to many. But it also has altered the landscape in ways that have made both the droughts and the floods more destructive and made that prosperity fleeting. Much of the region sits atop the overtaxed Gulf Coast Aquifer, and though efforts have made over the last 40 years to limit withdrawals from it, enough water has been sucked out of it that the ground still subsides in some places, altering runoff patterns and allowing flood waters to gather.

What’s more, those more than 2 million newcomers to the region are living in houses and driving on roads and shopping in stores built atop what once was prairie that could have absorbed at least some of the fury of this flood and the next. What once was land that might have softened the storm’s blow is now, in many cases, collateral damage in what could turn out to be a $40 billion disaster.....take a moment to consider how best to rebuild, to pause and rethink how and where we build, to reflect not just on whether we’re altering the weather, but whether there is a way to make ourselves less vulnerable to it. Perhaps we could build differently, or set aside land that would both help recharge the dwindling water supplies in times of drought and slow the floods when they come.
adaptability  climate_change  extreme_weather_events  floods  water  resilience  sustainability  Texas  Houston  natural_calamities  disasters  Hurricane_Harvey  land_uses  droughts  books  collateral_damage  buffering  zoning 
september 2017 by jerryking
Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth - The New York Times
By NICOLE TAYLOR JUNE 13, 2017

For over 150 years, African-Americans have gathered on June 19 — the day known as Juneteenth — to celebrate freedom. The holiday is rooted in Texas, signifying the day in 1865 when, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a Union general who had made his way to Galveston delivered the news that slavery had been abolished. Texans who had been chattel erupted in triumph.
African-Americans  Emancipation  freedom  Texas  the_South  slavery  picnics  traditions  Civil_War  Abraham_Lincoln 
june 2017 by jerryking
Texas Firm Highlights Struggle for Black Professionals - NYTimes.com
May 27, 2013 | NYT | By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ and
MICHAEL COOPER.

Somewhat lost in the legal arguments over affirmative action are the less tangible, more subtle forces that can determine professional success, more than a dozen black lawyers here, in San Antonio and elsewhere in Texas said in interviews. Social rituals can play a big role in determining who makes it on to the partnership track in the exclusive world of white-shoe firms, and whether those partners can bring in business as rainmakers.

Gerald Roberts, an African-American lawyer who was a partner at Thompson & Knight before leaving in 2010, said that social relationships left some black lawyers at a distance from their white colleagues and potential clients. “For the most part, they don’t go to church together on Sunday enough, they don’t have dinner together enough, and they don’t play enough golf together to develop sufficiently strong relationships of trust and confidence,”
diversity  African-Americans  lawyers  law_firms  law  professional_service_firms  Texas  relationships  rituals  social_exclusion  social_barriers  cultural_signifiers 
may 2013 by jerryking
Going the Whole Hog at a Hunting School - WSJ.com
January 11, 2013 | WSJ | By MATTHEW KRONSBERG

Going the Whole Hog
A getaway in Texan Hill Country where hunting, butchering and snacking get the rock star treatment
offal  slaughterhouses  snout-to-tail  butchers  meat  carnivore  sausages  Texas  wild_game  hunting 
january 2013 by jerryking
Hedge funds in Texas: Stetsons and spreadsheets | The Economist
Jul 30th 2011 | The Economist | FOR a state more closely
associated with cattle and cowboys, Texas is home to a surprisingly big
herd of hedge funds. They manage around $40 billion, making Texas the
fifth-largest US state for hedge-fund assets (after NY, CT, MA and
CA),...Many Texans like to trace the industry’s vibrancy to the state’s
risk-taking traditions. ...More important than the idea that there is
something entrepreneurial in the water is the state’s tremendous wealth,
much of which comes from oil and gas. Around 10% of Americans worth
over $30m are in Texas, according to WealthX, which tracks rich
investors. The Bass brothers in Fort Worth were among the first to
invest in hedge funds—in the 1970s, after they inherited some of the
family fortune—and to bring talented managers down to run arbitrage
strategies. Texans today also prefer investing in trusted local
managers.
Texas  hedge_funds  asset_management  arbitrage  financial_services  investment_advice  oil_industry  Bass_brothers 
july 2011 by jerryking
A Hotbed of Tech Innovation: Government of Manor, Texas - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ
March 25, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | Jennifer
Valentino-DeVries. The town partnered with Stanford University’s
Persuasive Technology Lab & software company Spigit to create Manor
Labs, a site that uses games and rewards to spur residents to
participate in improving govt. People who sign up for Manor Labs submit
ideas that are voted and commented on by other users. Participants get
points for contributing ideas, voting, having ideas implemented and so
forth — and the points can be used in Manor’s online store to get prizes
such as T-shirts, a framed flag and the opportunity to be mayor for a
day. Since the site launched in October, Manor has gotten 68 ideas and
implemented five of them, including posting recycling and trash
schedules online & allowing automatic debits for utility bills.
Manor also uses SeeClickFix to help residents report street and water
problems in their neighborhood. Through the program, people can open
tickets online & send photos to illustrate the problem.
open_government  Texas  Pat_Condon  QR_codes  innovation 
march 2010 by jerryking
36 Hours in Austin, Tex. -
November 29, 2009 | NYTimes.com | JAIME GROSS
Austin  Texas  travel  things_to_do  sightseeing 
november 2009 by jerryking
Austin's affordable hardware helps its shopkeepers take on Manhattan
28-Sep-2005 | Financial Times | By Dan Roberts. Online article title "Austin's affordable hardware helps it take on New York".
affordability  Austin  Texas  Whole_Foods  cheap_revolution  traceability  tracking  small_business  start_ups  databases 
october 2009 by jerryking

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