It took this Texas school district 48 years to desegregate. Now, some fear a return to the past. Though students of color in Longview ISD still don’t have the same educational opportunities as white students, a federal judge dismissed a longstanding desegregation court order. Will the district succeed without it? Nov. 29, 2018.

Emotionally drained, financial strapped: How Texas teachers weathered the school year after Hurricane Harvey. Homeless for a month and a half after the hurricane, Justin Williams had to put his life back together while teaching Alief ISD sixth graders. Tiffany Robinson pushed students even harder to pass state tests after teachers lost 11 school days to Harvey. June 4, 2018.

Amid state cuts, a Texas high school football coach got a $20,000 raise. His district says he’s earned it. As state cuts to public education become more common, school communities must frequently debate where and how to trim their limited budgets without harming students or teachers. Dec. 19, 2017.

In beleaguered La Marque schools, Harvey stirs up old anxieties. Last year, the state forced Texas City ISD to annex, or absorb, its neighboring district. After months of work, efforts to improve conditions for students from annexed La Marque ISD hit a significant speed bump: Hurricane Harvey. Sept. 11, 2017.

When school’s out, rural Texas towns struggle to feed their hungry kids. In East Texas, 86-year-old Clara Crawford shuttles kids to a summer meal program at the local community center. In the Panhandle, Kay Calvert and a group of volunteers want to revive a similar program in tiny Quitaque. Aug. 3, 2017.

For transgender Texans, navigating public restrooms is already complicated. A proposed bill would keep transgender Texans from using some public bathrooms that match their gender identity, further complicating a decision that already comes with extra public scrutiny and precautions against violence. April 13, 2017.


Star Teacher Adjusts To New Reality. Drastic changes at Hillhouse High School hinder Jessica Zelenski’s relationships with her students. February 26, 2016

Magnet Enrollment Efforts Fall Short. School officials don’t maximize enrollment, fail to capture $1.2 million in state money. November 5, 2015.

Flooding Plagues Once-Condemned Apartment. City, legal aid press corporate landlord to repair crumbling housing for Section 8 tenants. August 19, 2015.

Barnard Divided On Principal’s Changes. Teachers, parents split on disciplinary issues. July 10, 2015.

What Price Partnership? A closer look at a proposed partnership between the district and a charter network. February 17, 2015.


Why so many ships fly Panama’s flag. Panama, a small nation of just three million, has the largest shipping fleet in the world. BBC News, August 4, 2014.

Little Isthmus on the Big Silver Screen. Abner Benaim is trying to bring films that fulfill a desire for familiarity to his home country of Panama. OZY, June 20, 2014.

Black Nationalist Messiah Marcus Garvey: the Early Years. Famed for his promotion of black nationalism in the U.S. and the Caribbean, Marcus Garvey also had a little-known but outsize impact in Central America. OZY, June 3, 2014.

The Hot Cool of Panamanian Calypso. Renovating a dying Caribbean genre. OZY, March 7, 2014.


Registered Offense. Why do seven sex offenders live in a hotel next to Yale University? The New Journal (Yale University), December 2011.

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