The Fourth of July is a pretty big deal in a normal year, but after so many festivities were reimagined (how many times did we use that word in 18 months?) last year at the height of the pandemic, we expect this year people will really flex those patriotic muscles.
And we want you to share that flex with us. Send us your photos from your parades, barbecues, fireworks watching, and more. Email us at [email protected]lenewspapers.com, and you could see yourself on our website in the coming weeks — or our weekly newsletters.
Speaking of peoplenewspapers.com, if you aren’t a regular visitor, you might have missed a few interesting stories that you won’t find in the pages of the issue you’re holding.
For instance, you may have missed some of our coverage of the 87th legislative session, which included the passage of the so-called “anti-critical race theory” House Bill 3979. If you missed that, you missed our coverage of the overnight (literally) debates about the genesis of the bill, including the insistence of the bill’s authors that it was prompted in part by the book Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, written by Anastasia Higginbotham. Both State Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands), the bill’s author, and State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the bill’s sponsor, insisted that the book was being taught at Highland Park ISD.
State Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas), whose district includes the Park Cities, took Hughes to task for his assertion that HPISD was teaching from this book, telling him that he checked, and it’s not on the curriculum, nor is it in any school library.
Hughes said that he was told by a parent that a teacher recommended the book.
“It’s one teacher, one kid, one book, and one district and one time at best — and we don’t even know if that’s true,” Johnson said. “If you’re wondering what’s going on in my district, that’s not it.”
We talked to the book’s author, too, who says the debate about the book illustrates the need for it.
“It’s strange because there’s so much distortion involved,” she said.
You can read our coverage at peoplenewspapers.com/tag/txlege-2021.
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Want to buy a piece of Dallas Cowboys history? Allie Beth Allman has the listing for the Preston Hollow/Devonshire home that belonged to the late Tom and Alicia Landry and we have the details in our real estate section.
Sports editor Todd Jorgenson sussed out the Highland Park connections to the new Luke Wilson flick 12 Mighty Orphans — you can read it in our sports section.
Missing Dallas ISD graduations? Thanks to a late start this school year, the district’s graduation ceremonies for W.T. White, Hillcrest, and Thomas Jefferson didn’t align with our July production schedule. See coverage of each ceremony in our schools section online, and see highlights in our August print issue of Preston Hollow People.
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