McKinney-Vento Act

A number of states, including Utah and Texas, want to teach some of the dispersed Gulf Coast students in shelters instead of in local public schools, a stance supported by the Bush administration and some private education providers. But advocates for homeless families and civil rights oppose that approach. Continue reading

‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’

Skimming through the New York Times this morning, came across this article, Art of the Internet, which lead me to Karmagrrrl’s blog. Watch the video she made with Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

Houstan Abandons Its Homeless and Poor Ahead of Rita

Here we go again… AFP News is reporting that “Houston abandons its neediest ahead of Hurricane Rita.” As the first winds of Hurricane Rita whipped at the power lines across the street, Virginia Lewis Mansfield huddled in a doorway with all her earthly possessions within arm’s reach. Homeless for the past three years, Mansfield found herself on the streets of Houston Friday night as many of her usual shelters were closed ahead of the hurricane.

Hurricane Rita is Bearing Down

Hurricane Rita is bearing down… The inner eye of the hurricane, was “just a few hours” from slamming into the coast, close to the state border, near the Sabine pass, said the US National Hurricane Center in its latest advisory issued at 0300 GMT.

Christian School Expels Girl for Having Gay Parents

A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school in Ontario, CA, because her parents are lesbians and practicing an “immoral” life style… “Your family does not meet the policies of admission,” Supt. Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, Shay’s biological mother. The policy, he added, states that at least one parent cannot engage in practices “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style [sic] such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship.”

Entergy's Very Busy Day

The Gulf Coast energy corporation, Entergy has had a very busy day. First, as I reported here earlier today, “Entergy announced that it would act on its own to develop an application for a (Nuclear) reactor at a site next to its Waterford plant, in Louisiana.” Then, Entergy New Orleans announced it was filing for Bankruptcy, Chapter 11 protection. Facing huge rebuilding costs and a loss of revenue following Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans-based subsidiary of Entergy Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Friday.