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ACCD bond forum

A community forum about the upcoming Alamo Community College District bond election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, at 6 p.m. at San Antonio College’s Visual Arts & Technology Building, Room 120.

Early voting for the bond election runs from October 24 to November 4. Election Day is November 8.

The bond was defeated earlier this year over a portion of the bond that called for a nursing school to be built near the Medical Center rather than at one of ACCD’s downtown campuses. The bond has since been revamped to keep the proposed school centrally located.

The $450 million bond would pay for improvements for the four colleges, and construction of a fifth college on the city’s Northeast Side.

A month of Ramadan

“Without communication and connections we are hurting ourselves,” said Surwat Husain at a recent media breakfast sponsored by the Council of American-Islamic Relations to launch Ramadan.

Ramadan, the month-long Muslim observance, began on Tuesday, October 4. Over the next 30 days, practicing Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset, and focus on learning about their faith, performing good works, and teaching others about Ramadan and Islam.

Husain, the president of CAIR’s San Antonio chapter, outlined common misperceptions about Islam. “When we are accused of trying to convert America, it’s not true,” said Husain, an immigrant from Pakistan who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years. “The problem is we believe a lot in what we hear and we don’t look for the truth.”

The feds’ propaganda machine

The Bush administration broke the law when it promoted its No Child Left Behind Act through newspaper articles paid for by the Education Department, the Government Accountability Office has ruled.

On September 30, the GAO issued a report concluding that the department engaged in “covert propaganda” when it subcontracted with conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to advance the NCLB agenda. The articles didn’t disclose that they were the opinions of the U.S. government.

Ironically, the administration’s newspaper article, entitled “Parents Want Science Classes That Make the Grade,” deals with parents’ views on the declining science literacy of students this from an administration whose president espouses the teaching of “intelligent design.”

- Lisa Sorg

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