TUE brief 6.30.20
TX Teachers in a pickle
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HOUSTON hospitals aren't overrun.
Yesterday, the President and CEO of Memorial Herman Hospital stated, "We're not close to running out of capacity."
This good news may inexplicably upset Democrats who appear to be more concerned with preening over COVID than actually seeing the state to the other side.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner has taken to social media to shame businesses that did not comply with Governor Abbott arbitrarily reversing portions of his reopening plan.
TEACHERS UNIONS are threatening strikes if schools are open this fall, but since Texas is a right to work state, striking could be a costly endeavor with teachers jeopardizing certifications and pensions.
The virus-induced tension in this situation is interesting. On the one hand, there is an imperative on the left to teach (a.k.a. indoctrinate). Still, this mandate has to contend with the fear of COVID, not to mention the ramifications of continued homeschooling should government schools remain closed.
Speaking of indoctrination, yesterday, the State Board of Education held a hearing to consider, among other things getting sex ed kicked off in the fifth grade (consent training).
Of course, it being 2020, there are calls for the SBOE to normalize and expand topics of sexual orientation and gender identity in any revised curriculum.
SCOTUS ruled yesterday that abortitoriums do not need admitting privileges to a local hospital, striking down a Louisiana law that was an identical twin to a Texas measure.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who at this point is openly accused of clouded judgment for fear of the left, sided with the court's liberal justices.
HARRIS COUNTY saw an increase of 9,000 mail-in ballots cast election-over-election on the first day of early voting in the run-off, a significant jump but hardly exponential.
The temporary Harris Co. Clerk has encouraged voting by mail in the run-off and applying to vote by mail in November. In the process, he's misrepresenting a recent SCOTX ruling that lack of immunity to the coronavirus is not a disability.
COVID cases continue to climb in Texas, but the death rate thankfully remains flat.
The proliferation of mask-wearing suggestions and mandates has citizens pushing back; in some cases, they've gone to the trouble of printing exemption cards, which federal officials have taken the time to warn are fake.
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