Texas Resource Center for Charter Schools

Charter schools basically are tuition-free schools that are publicly funded yet independently operated and managed. The concept of charter schools was conceived in Minnesota over twenty years ago a means to reduce red tape in the public school system and to allow educators more freedom to innovate their teaching methods. Today, in Texas, over 100,000 students are on waiting lists to sign up for a free public charter school.

Over the years, charter schools have become an important national education movement spanning 44 states plus D.C. and today, we can find more than 7,000 schools in America counting over 3 million students.

Charter schools are exempt from the many state regulations and laws that are governing our traditional public school system but in return, charter schools are legally bound to the strict terms of a “charter”, or a contract, that in detail lays out the school’s mission, purpose, academic goals, accountability requirements, and fiscal guidelines.

The University of North Texas

The University of North Texas (UNT) offers a rich, full campus life for mean green student-athletes. The University is one of the largest universities in the nation, has more than 35,000 students, and is located in the city of Denton that has a population of more than 135.000.

Denton is located some 30 minutes north of Fort Worth and Dallas and has often been ranked as one of the Best Small Towns in America.

The Univesity of North Texas is historically recognized as a great education, art, and music school and the school continues that rich tradition. Additionally, North Texas has increased its influence in sciences, research, business, and engineering.

Why I Like Texas And Texans

My dad always taught me to ‘think like a Texan’. He used to say ‘I like Texas and Texans’. ‘In our beloved Texas, all things are bigger. When a Texan wins, he wins big. And when a Texan loses, he loses big’. ‘Do Texans like losing?” I asked my dad, and he replied ‘That is not what I say. No one likes to lose’. He said: ‘Show me happy losers, and I show you losers’.

That’s the Texan attitude toward taking risks. I’m talking about reward and failure, it’s all about how Texans handle life. They live and think big. So different from most people that live around here.

When it comes to money, the people from here live like roaches and are so afraid that somebody might see them, while the whimper if a grocery help will shortchange them a quarter’, my dad kept on talking. ‘That Texas attitude is what I like best about the Texans.’

The Five Biggest Cities In Texas

Texas is after Alaska the biggest state in America, and in 1845 the state became the 28th state that joined the Union of the United States of America. The following video explains something about the fastest growing cities in Texas and some more demographics:

Texas measures over 261,000 square miles and has the second largest population of all states (25 million). The state counts more than 1,200 cities, of which 38 have a population that exceeds 100,000. Texas is also a residence state for many well-known business schools and therefore supports the development of business in the whole region.

All cities below include over 700,000 residents while the largest three (Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas) have more than 1 million citizens.

When it comes to the top-10 of leading U.S. metropolitan areas, the Dallas area is 4th while the Houston area is 5th, meaning that Texas has the most populous regions in America, more than any other state. But here we just look at the number of citizens in the cities, we don’t consider the number of people living in specific metropolitan areas.

How Come Everything Is Bigger In Texas?

Texas is a big state, just Alaska is bigger, and when you consider livable land, the state Texas is the absolutely the biggest state (though there are individuals like Sam Morningstar who believe that San Angelo is not livable at all).

The people that in earlier times settled down in Texas included several dreamers who wished to create a state where everything would be the world’s biggest, the largest market, the biggest ranch, the biggest business, and so on, and that typical Texan ‘Think Big’ mindset is still existing across much of Texas today.

Regardless of whether someone is a hero or a crook, they just are striving to be the best, the biggest, or the most famous. This ‘Think Big’ mentality may sometimes carry an individual to excess, but in Texas, these characters are cherished, especially when they’re a little crazy.

On the other hand, the name Texas was derived from ‘tejas’, a word from the Caddo tribe language that means ‘friendly’.

Checking out the World’s Largest State Fair

Happy New Year everybody! Wanna know the best thing I did last year? Checking out the State Fair of Texas!

The Fair is recognized as the World’s Largest State Fair with almost three million visitors in attendance in 2018. Last year’s fair kicked off on Friday, September 30th and we were there on Saturday to enjoy the festivities with a toddler, no teenager in tow. We headed to Fair Park on Saturday morning with a bustling two-year-old ready to conquer the fair.

The State Fair of Texas last 24 days and this annual event is held at historic Fair Park in Dallas. The fair has been around since 1886 and is organized every year except during World Wars I and II. Given my disdain for crowds, I was trying to convince myself this would not be so bad.

After all, it is early and we won’t be there long.  Right?  So we get off our exit to loads of people in neon yellow vest flagging us into different parking areas… I am thinking… okay, this seems to have some order to it.  Maybe I can handle this.

Warning Signs for Eating Problems and Disorders

Take a few moments to answer the questions below. If you answer Yes to one or more of these questions, you may be experiencing eating problems or disorders. If so, help is available! Be sure to talk about your concerns with your parents, teachers, family physician, or school counselor.

Questions for a student

Are you preoccupied with your weight? Do you find it hard not to think or talk about it?
Do you worry about food, calories, and dieting most of the time?
Are you unhappy about how you look because of your weight or the shape of your body?

Mental Health Checklist

These checklists for health are intended for alerting the general public regarding early and symptoms and signs of mental health issues and conditions that could well warrant professional treatment for our most vulnerable and often neglected populations like the elderly, the homeless or the near-homeless, teenagers, school-aged children, or even preschool children. Available in both Spanish and English, the flyers are available in non-profit agencies, clinics, and schools.

For Adults

In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to forget to “check in” with ourselves and take stock of our physical and emotional well-being, and the essential elements that characterize a healthy, satisfying life. Throughout our lives, our needs change, whether the result of natural transitions or sudden situations beyond our control.

Ironically, many of us, especially caretakers, parents, and professionals, are so focused on meeting our responsibilities in caring for others that we neglect our own needs.

A Bit of Texas History

Alonso Álvarez de Piñeda, a Spanish explorer, was actually the first European to set foot on Texas soil in 1519, as many myths about the ‘Seven Golden Cities of Cibola’ was bringing a lot of Spanish fortune seekers from Mexico to Texas.

In 1682, Spanish missionaries were setting up the first missions in the El Paso area, and by the 1730s, they had built many forts and missions throughout the eastern, central, and southwestern portions of what we now know as Texas. See also this interesting video about The Alamo:

In 1820, Spanish government officials granted land to an American named Moses Austin. A year later, in 1821, his son Stephen brought some 300 families to Texas to work on the farmlands along the Brazos River. After Mexico had gained its independence from Spain (also in 1821),  Austin’s colony was extended, and more Texas land was granted to Americans.

Sources Of Texas Cultural Pride

Texans are absolutely proud of their state and very proud that they are Texans. As far as Texans are concerned, all things are better here in Texas.

A popular bumper sticker is reading ‘I wasn’t born here, but I got to Texas as fast as I could.’ I’m working together with a man who grew to be an army brat, and he told me that in no state where he lived, people were referring to themselves by which state they live in first, like the people in Texas do.

In public schools and colleges, Texas government and history are mandated courses where the traditions of Texas are taught, and the fact that the state was an independent country before it joined the U.S. is a source of great pride, though that country had gone just about broke in its tenure of nine years, and applied for U.S. statehood to boost its economy.

Texas has a strong education system, both in the high school and college level. Also, in Texas, there are numerous locations that provide GED prep for people who need a second chance if they, for whatever reason, were not in the position to complete their regular high school curriculum.