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Are Schools Just “Teaching the Test?” Some Educators Say Yes They Are

As Texas school districts learn more about how much time they have to spend preparing students for a new state-required standardized skills test, more and more educators worry that they are now just “teaching to the test.”

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New Earth & Space Planetarium in Tyler

East Texans don't have to drive to Houston to see a planetarium show any more.  Tyler Junior College has completed a major expansion of its well known  Hudnall Planetarium, which has allowed East Texans to get a glimpse of outer space for more than 40 years.

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NASA Creates New Internet Tool to Explore the Solar System

NASA has gone more high-tech than ever to give the public the power to journey through the solar system using a new interactive Web-based tool.

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Parents Outraged Over Rhyming ‘Diet’ Book For Teenagers

Messages of good health and positive self-esteem for girls are common themes in books for kids. So why are so many people upset over a rhyming picture book about an obese, unhappy 14-year-old named Maggie?

Well, for starters, they don't like the title:  "Maggie Goes on a Diet."

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Texas History is Crumbling to Dust

It's tragic and true.  All over Texas, original 19th century documents and records that shed light on Texas history are facing an uncertain future because of poor preservation practices and limited resources.  That's the finding of a task force charged with reviewing the situation by the Supreme Court of Texas

The records -- many that are decaying or being destroyed due to a mix of events and conditions -- contain information about famous Texans and ordinary residents during the  historic periods.  For some people, such as African Americans, the records may contain the only information that exists about their ancestors.

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Book Doubts Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children of Slave Sally Hemings

In a book released this week, a group of eminent scholars says it’s highly unlikely that the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence and later became the third President fathered children with one of his slaves.

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Aggies Leaving Big 12 For SEC

After months of rumors, reports, denials and retractions, it does appear that the Texas A&M Aggies are taking steps to leave the Big 12 and move to the Southeastern Conference.

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5 Great Educational Apps for Kids

Ever given a five-year-old with an iPad a dirty look? Silently tsk tsk-ed in your head? Hold onto your judgment for a minute – they're not all playing Angry Birds. In fact, there are tons of apps out there that are all about learning. Here, we round up the best in

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