Black Rural Schools, Austin Snow Day 1985, Investigating CPS and more

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Untitled - 39HISTORY: Studying 42 rural African-American schools in Travis County. Taken from my story in th the Statesman: “For decades, the Rev. Willie B. Routt Sr. retained fond memories of teachers at the tiny Gravel Hill School. “They cared for us at school as well as at home,” Routt told an interviewer about the Manor-area school in the 1930s. “We were all treated the same. It didn’t matter if we wore the same clothes every day, and the same the next year by a brother or sister. If we had no money or food, they would look out for us and showed love.” Built in 1928 on two acres of land in eastern Travis County, Gravel Hill was among 42 rural African-American schools that had been established near Austin by the mid-1930s. Most physical traces of these one-, two- or three-room schools have disappeared, but they have not been forgotten.”  http://shar.es/1HLaOf

CITY: Oh boy, do I remember the Austin snow days of 1984-1985! Taken from stories by Nancy Flores the Statesman: “When it snows in Central Texas, it’s a moment to remember. It’s now been 30 years since Austin’s last major snow event, when 7.5 inches fell on the capital city within a two-week stretch. When we asked Austinites what they recalled from the January 1985 snowstorm that paralyzed the city, the memories flooded in by the dozens. Recollections were funny, emotional and quirky. In lieu of appropriate winter clothes, for example, some Austinites wore socks on their hands instead of mittens. Others got creative with makeshift sleds or hosted snow parties.” http://shar.es/1HLaxC

HEALTH: Brilliant investigative work on Child Protective Services. Taken from stories by Andrea Ball and Eric Dexheimer in the Statesman: “In 2009, the Legislature ordered Child Protective Services to publicly record every abuse- and neglect-related death in the state in hopes of identifying patterns and discovering ways to prevent abuse deaths. But the Statesman has learned that CPS has not systematically analyzed those reports, meaning that in important ways, Texas’ child protection workers effectively have been operating with blinders, missing deadly patterns and key pieces of information that could help protect kids.” http://bit.ly/1y8z5mp


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