In 2014, with the passage of House Bill 5, lawmakers and school districts worked together to provide students in Texas with a variety of choices in the courses they could take to help prepare for college and careers. The new Texas Foundation with Endorsement High School Program plans replaced a previous plan, known as the 4x4.
May 22—Cheryln Ellis, George Wall, Ian Gibson.
Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will sign a bill that effectively bans abortions after six weeks after the Senate concurred in House modifications to SB 8, known as the Texas “heartbeat” bill.
The Blanchard triplets graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood on May 8. The new college graduates are (L-R) Brian Blanchard, summa cum laude with a major in pedagogy; Erin Blanchard, magna cum laude with a major in business; and Ben Blanchard with a major in history while minoring in kinesiology and he received an ACE certification. Brian also received the Outstanding Music Major award. Submitted photo
Three teachers, who are retiring after this school year, were honored May 6 at a Recognition Reception in the Commons of the Rockdale Junior High School. Two of the teachers, Lorrie Birkhead (L) and Dawn Byrd were on hand to get their thank you awards while Lisa Flores, who is retiring after 43 years in education with 23 of them in Rockdale was unable to attend the reception. Birkhead is retiring with 33 years in education, 28 of them in Rockdale, and Byrd has spent all 31 of her years in education in Rockdale. Birkhead and Byrd said they plan to spend time with their families and to relax, but they will still be out supporting RISD. Submitted photo