New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, July 11,1997 □ 5A
Board gives initial OK to new curriculum
By PEGGY FHCAC
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — The State Board of Education voted 9-6 today for new education standards, rejecting efforts by board members backed by religious conservatives to vote separately on different subjects.
Several board members who voted .against the curriculum rewrite said they wanted to take separate votes beewise they could support some of the document. They accused the majority of squelching differing viewpoints and public comment Those who supported the document as a package said it would raise standards and that enough time had already been spent on debate.. Some suggested the push for separate votes was a delaying tactic.
Today's vote was preliminary.
These are recognized Scholars who have stepped forward and said that they would , endorse our document.’
—Mike-Moses education commissioner
Final action will come Friday on revised curriculum standards for English, math* science, health and social studies. Nearly 80 people signed up to testify at today's hearing.
Education Commissioner Mike
Moses on Wednesday touted support from education experts for the state’s first wholesale rewrite of education standards in more than a decade.
“These are recognized scholars who have stepped forward and said that they would endorse our document,” said Moses, who was appointed by Bush on the recommendation of the State Board of Education.
Among those supporting the rewrite, Moses said, are Texas historian T.R. Fehrenbach, who called the social studies curriculum proposal “not a perfect document... but I believe it will mark a very great step forward from where we are now;” Diane Ravitch, a professor of educational policy at New York University; and Barbara Footman, professor and director for the Center
for Academic and Reading Skills at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.
Education board members already have approved a new curriculum for geometry, algebra I and II and enrichment courses, including fine arts and career and technology. The curriculum forms the basis for statewide tests and the adoption of instructional materials.
State Board of Education member Donna Ballard of The Woodlands, a Republican and one of six people on the 15-member “board strongly backed by religious conservatives, is among the chief critics J>f the proposed Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
She contends the rewrite is not rigorous enough and supports an alternative.Local BriefsLaka Dunlap residents sat raffle, gala
LAKE DUNLAP— Lake Dunlap Homeowners Association is selling raffle tickets for a Polaris SL 700 personal watercraft and tickets for the group's Aug. 23 gala.
Raffle tickets for the 1997 Polaris SL 700 are available for $10 each (with alimit of no more than 1,000 tickets to be sold).
The annual gala will take place at 5 p.m. Aug. 23. The event will include a ski show, barbecue dinner, •silent and live auctions, live music and children’s activities. Gala tickets are available for $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Gala and raffle tickets may be purchased at Granzin’s BBQ, Back to Nature, Polaris Outfitters, Henke’s Ice House (Clear Springs) and Comal Feed and Supply.
The Polaris SL 700 will be on display at Granzin’s BBQ on San Antonio Street this weekend.LBJ National Park goos batty ******* bats
JOHNSON CITY — On Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park invites visitors to learn more about one of the world’s misunderstood animals, the bat.
Robert Benson, Public Information Officer for Bat Conservation International, Inc. (BCI), will be one of the guest lecturers. Speakers will talk about the myths and facts about bats, describe some of the most common bats found here in Texas, and discu BCI’s work to raise public awareness of the importance of bats.
Feeling sorry for yourself? Get over it with two book^ from the Dittlinger
By CAROL BISSETT
Special to the Heraid-Zeitung
Imagine being perfectly alert, your senses keenly aware of every detail around you. But you appear to others to be in a vegetable state.
You have no way of communicating otherwise to them. A stroke has left you a victim of die rare “locked-in syndrome.”
Two books recently have been written by individuals with locked-in syndrome. They are fascinating but very different accounts of what it is like to be completely paralyzed and unable to speak.
The authors communicated their experiences by blinking an eye to
indicate a letter of the alphabet. Thus they laboriously constructed the words that told their stories.
These books are “Look Up for Yes” by Julia Tavalaro and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby. The 43-year-old Bauby died two days after his book was published in France. These accounts remain as testaments to the toughness of the human spirit.
They are guaranteed to make you own problems seem absurdly petty and to leave you feeling grateful few your precious, normal life.
(Carol Bissett is a paraprofessional librarian at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.)
Comal Independent School District
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees took the following action at a meeting Tuesday .
■ Received a report regarding the Mexico-U.S. Teacher*E*cbange
■ Received central office reports. Trustees agreed to reserve the Blossom Athletic Facility for the 1998 graduation ceremony for both high schools. A report was also
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teachers to visit Mexico in a work ■ Approved awarding the Smithson exchange program. Valley High School Waster Water
Comal County Commissioners
Comal County Commissioners Court took the following actions at its regular meeting Thursday :
■ Approved claims. Regular claims were $241,344, hand checks were $5,146 and medical claims were $26,003.
■ Approved amendments to plat for: Lake View Park Subdivision, Unit I, combining Lots 307, 308 and 309 into Lot 307R; Crystal Heights Subdivision, combining Lots 3A and 3B into Lot 3 AR; and Rebecca Creek Park, Third Filing, Block 62, combining 1ms 23 and 24 into lot 23R.
■ Granted final approval of Comal Trace Subdivision, Unit I.
■ Received a report from County Engineer Tom Hornseth. He said he had looked into mosquito control for areas with standing water could provide additional information if needed. He also reported that additional boat ramps were being opened at Canyon Lake.
■ Received a status report from
computer services, including an introduction of staff members, an update of projects and an update on efforts to provide Internet services for county employees.
■ Received reports from elected officials and staff. The auditor reported that the county’s budgeting process would begin soon. Commissioner Cristina Zamora reported she attended a conference in Corpus Christi. Commissioner Jack Dawson said traffic was so high at the county's one boat ramp this past weekend that the other five county ramps would be opened this weekend. Commissioner Danny Scheel said there was some question about whether the county could go on private property to clean a creek, and the court would be given a report on that next week.
■ Rejected all bids for selling surplus voting equipment Only one bid was received, so the county clerk wanted to take a different approach to the bidding process to see the county could get higher bids.
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Combs addresses Republican Women July 21
Susan Combs will be the guest speaker at the New Braunfels Republican Women’s fourth annual patriotic luncheon and meeting July 21 at the home of Cristabell West. 1220 Fox Glen Road.
Combs was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1992 and was re-elected without opposition to her second term. She has served on the House committees on Natural Resources and Criminal Jurisprudence, House
Administration, Land and Natural Resource Management and Natural Resources.
She was the House author of the Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act of 1996 and coauthor of Governor Bush’s bill that rewrote all of Texas’ juvenile justice laws.
Combs is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School and a former assistant district attorney in Dallas where she prosecuted juvenile
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Bl Approved the purchase of six a/<^jnirl double-classroom portable, buildings at a cost of $250,000, and the
delinquents and handled child abuse and neglect cases. She also has worked in international advertising, on Wall Street and as an assistant to the regional administrator of the federal General Services Administration. In addition, she has served as state director for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Combs is active in agriculture organizations. She has served on the boards of the Texas Beef Council and the Texas Production Credit Association, an agricultural lending entity in San Angelo and West Texas.
She is a board member of both the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas
construction of a textbook storage facility at a maximum cost of $25,000.
■ Approved a student identification system for Canyon Hi$i School. Once .established, the program can be expanded to other campuses.
Wildlife Association. She is also a Texas Cattle Women and Texas member of the Texas Farm Bureau, Agri-Women.
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