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  1. Who am I and why do I care about renewable energy in Texas? I might as well start with a disclaimer so that everyone knows where I am coming from. I am a conservative retired electrical engineer who lives in Northern VA. I am also a big fan of photovoltaic solar electricity production. I installed an off-grid photovoltaic system on our property over 21 years ago and an on-grid system 10 years ago. About 6 years ago I upgraded the old off-grid system to be on-grid. I recently purchased another 3.7 kW of solar panels and am in the process of adding them to our roof. We have a 9-year-old Nissan LEAF electric vehicle and several gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. We also have two gasoline vans and a diesel tractor. I frequently hear overly-pessimistic anti-renewable rhetoric from conservatives that I know and I also frequently hear overly optimistic pro-renewable rhetoric from liberals that I know. The same is true about their views on electric cars. The simple truth is that there are things that renewable energy does well and there are things renewable energy does not do well. In other words, I do not believe in one-size-fits-all for when it comes to energy I am particularly interested in Texas because I personally believe that it has the best chance of any state in the continental U.S. to convert EVERYTHING THAT USES ENERGY to solar and/or wind power. But that doesn't mean it should be done or even that it could be done. Hence this thread. Oh, BTW, I am not a big fan of wind power. Why talk about Texas? It's certainly topical! I saw a quote yesterday: "Not having energy in Texas is like starving to death in a grocery store." There is a lot of truth to that. It's the main reason public officials will have a lot to answer for regarding the ongoing debacle. With the exception of hydroelectric and geothermal resources (and perhaps uranium), Texas is blessed to have massive energy resources including oil, natural gas, wind, and solar. (Does Texas have much coal?) Texas also has a warm climate (usually!). So there are two questions: 1) Given all of the solar and wind resources available in Texas, is it possible for Texas to convert to 100%* solar and/or wind energy in the near future? If so, how would this be accomplished? and 2) Regardless of whether or not 1) above is true, does it make sense for Texas to make a goal to move toward 100%* solar and/or wind energy? Why or why not? * And to be completely clear here, I am NOT talking just about electricity. I am talking about electricity, heating, transportation, industrial...everything. I'll break the thread starter here so that others can join in. Please, let's keep the politics out of this and think about what makes the most sense for Texas and for Texans.
  2. I'm a year ahead in California's math system. As a freshman in high school, I've taken Math 2A(in the first semester, couldn't keep up with the workload and got an F) and I'm taking Math 2 for the second semester. If I were to stay in California, I would take Math 3 as a sophomore, Pre-Calc as a junior, and AP Stats or Calculus AB as a senior. However, I'm likely moving to Texas over the summer, and their math system follows a different curriculum. My question is, if I move to Texas, what math classes should I take for the remainder of my high school years? If I've mastered Math 2, should I stay on the accelerated track and take Algebra 2, then Pre-Calc, then AP Stats/Calculus AB? Or for my own benefit, should I move to the normal track, take Geometry as a sophomore, then Algebra 2, then Pre-Calc as a senior? I would really like to keep my accelerated track, because I want to reduce the amount of math I have to take in college. However, I'm afraid that skipping Geometry might put me at a disadvantage. Thoughts on how the California curriculum compares to the Texas one?
  3. From CDC https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/eggs-12-19/index.html “As of December 17, 2019, a total of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from five states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page. Listeria specimens from ill people were collected from April 10, 2017, to November 12, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 to 82 years, with a median age of 75. Seventy-one percent of ill people are male. Of six ill people with information available, four hospitalizations have been reported. One death has been reported from Texas. One illness was reported in a newborn who was infected with Listeria while the mother was pregnant, but the newborn survived. Investigation of the Outbreak Epidemiologic and laboratory evidenceindicates that bulk hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia, are a likely source of this outbreak. In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposuresin the month before they became ill. Of the five people for whom information was available, four (80%) reported eating products containing eggs. Three of these people reported eating hard-boiled eggs in deli salads purchased from grocery stores and in salads eaten at restaurants. In the PulseNet database, CDC noted two environmental samples from February 2019 that are closely related genetically to bacteria from ill people in this outbreak. FDA reports that these samples were taken during a routine inspection of the Almark Foods facility. These results provide additional evidence that people in this outbreak got sick from eating hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods. Investigators are continuing to collect records from grocery stores and restaurants where ill people reported eating hard-boiled eggs. Investigations are ongoing to determine and document the distribution and production chain, as well as the source of hard-boiled eggs to the locations reported by ill people. CDC is concerned that bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia, are contaminated with Listeria and have made people sick. These products were packaged in plastic pails for use nationwide by food service operators. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.”
  4. I lost count but more than 90 test centers in Texas are doing the SAT makeup testing this Saturday. Full details on this link https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/test-center-closings
  5. I have been homeschooling my three grandchildren for three years and I enjoy it very much. I would like to invite two or three other children to join us this year. Does anyone know if this is legal in Texas and how can I determine what to charge? I am not a cetified teacher, but I do have a Bachelor's Degree. I worked as a Teacher's Assistant in Content Mastery and as a substitute teacher for many years, but I can't charge the amount that certified teachers would charge. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks in advance, Debbie Wieske Fort Worth, Texas
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    Should I move to Texas?

    So I currently live in Kentucky. I want to move, and I have been considering moving to Texas.Should I stay here or should I move to Texas? I've done some research, but i'm still a little unsure. Any advice?
  7. If you have done parent taught driver's ed in Texas, do you have any suggestions as far as which curriculum to use? I was amazed to find out that I have to do more in Texas to teach my kids to drive than I do to homeschool them.
  8. Looking over my Texas high school recommended credit hours, I see that I've forgotten to plan for Health. When my older daughter went through high school, I counted Apologia Human Anatomy as her health credit. She also was a Red Cross certified swim instructor with many CPR classes (even some CPR classes she taught) under her belt, so I felt good about checking Health off our list. However, I'm not sure if this daughter (10th grade) will take Human Anatomy, and she has had only 2 CPR elementary courses. (She is also a Red Cross swim instructor, but has been less involved.) I don't want to wait until her senior year for her to take this credit. My question. . . do you teach a "health" course? Or Is it a credit you blow off? (It's not required for us, but I'd like to have a good answer for why it's not on the transcript if someone, who was so intensely bored with his life, ever asked. :laugh: ) Suggestions?
  9. We will be homeschooling for the first time this fall, with a 2nd and a K student. I live in the state of TX but not a native (know very little state details or history). I've had several people ask me how I plan to incorporate state history into our studies. It's not required, but any Texan in public school gets A LOT of state history! I don't want to go overboard, but would like an idea of how others do state history. How often? Is there a curriculum available for it? What ages? How important is it for a K-5 grade education?
  10. My bestie from high school is getting married in November in Denton, Tx. It is about 40 miles north of Dallas. We will most likely drive there, and are thinking about staying a few extra days somewhere in west Texas for a vacation. We can go down to Dallas, or even all the way to Houston/Galveston Bay area. We will have dh and I, ds8 (a week before his birthday, so doing something to make it into a birthday trip for him would be nice too) and Jacob should be about 2 months old then. Any suggestions? :bigear:
  11. Hi, It looks like we will be moving to the Dallas/Richardson/Garland area of Texas shortly and I would love to know if there are any classical education or classical conversation groups that meet up in those areas? Also wouldn't mind if anyone had suggestions for a great pediatrician's office there. The one we use where we are now is SUPER - the doctor does not hassle me about doing vaccines on my own schedule (I am not anti vaccine but I research the vaccines I have my children get and decide whether I think they should have the vaccine right then AND I also decide when they will get them as we have some medical/severe reactions to certain meds in our family so I prefer not to have them get five things at once if they have never had any of those before. Harder to distinguish which they might be reacting to if they have a reaction to one of the five or six they get, etc.). I also love that our office here has a 24 hour line where you can reach a nurse on call, and they have a Saturday clinic. They are wonderful and I would love to find something similar in the Dallas, Richardson, Garland area. Thanks! :)
  12. My daughter currently in public school (2nd grade) is 2 years behind in her reading level. She repeated 1st grade and was in "intervention" all last year which is not really a sped program but rather being pulled out for extra reading groups. This year I told them I wanted to start the evaluation process. I want her tested to see if she has a reading disability. The principal told me we would start the process by no later than week 3. Nothing happened. I emailed the teacher who told me they would like to continue with RTI (response to intervention) and see how she responds. Basically they want to continue giving her extra time in the classroom but they do not want to start the ball rolling towards special ed services. So they write and say they want to have an RTI meeting with me next week. I know enough about the law to know that RTI is not SPED. I just want my daughter to be tested. That's it. I've been trying for about 3 years but they clearly are digging their feet in. To have her evaluated myself is super expensive. I'm wondering will it kill them to just have someone test her officially for any reading disabilities??? Please advise if you know what is up in Texas with this!
  13. I've been looking into Navy ROTC schools in Texas, and the closest ones to home are in Austin. I've just been told that ROTC is for tuition and books only and not housing. Also, anyone have a recommendation for a Texas school? April in TX
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