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Following last week’s reporting that almost half of Texas schools received failing grades on their federal report cards, Dallas Morning News reporter Bill McKenzie pointed out that all of the Dallas high schools on the list landed there because of a failure to meet math requirements. He also spent time researching the relationship between performance in Dallas feeder middle schools to high schools, and found students’ poor performance in middle school in turn feeds poor performance in high school. More than twenty Dallas middle schools showed a problem with math, and in fact, according to the Texas Business and Education Coalition, 48,000 Texas eighth graders failed their TAKS math exam after three attempts and of those, 40,000 students still moved on to their freshman year of high school. McKenzie cites the Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters work for flagging the problem as a serious concern. (Dallas Morning News) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concluded a nine-country tour of Africa this week that focused primarily on U.S. efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. The Secretary visited South Africa, where the HIV burden is the highest in the world, and she paid a visit to Uganda, the only country in sub-Saharan Africa where the infection rate is trending upward. (Voice of America) A handful of wounded veterans will participate this weekend in the first Leadville Trail 100 mountain-bike race. Over 2,000 cyclists, including veterans of the W100k Juan Carlos Hernandez, Ken Butler, David Haines and Marc Hoffmeister, are expected to participate in this Colorado race. (Leadville Herald)
The 2017 Warrior Open in Photos
The 2017 Warrior Open reunited past Team 43 members for a weekend of golf and camaraderie. Most importantly, they told the stories of their journeys since returning home.
Invisible Wounds: Hearing from a Father Who Lost His Son to an Invisible Injury
This week, the Bush Center will host its 6th annual W100K, a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for seriously wounded or injured post-9/11 veterans and military personnel. This event spotlights the effectiveness of sport in helping our service men and women recover from their visible and invisible wounds. Today, we hear from Major General Mark Graham, U.S. Army (Retired), who serves as Senior Director of Rutgers University's Behavioral Health Care National Call Center, about losing one son to a visible injury and another son to an invisible injury. My wife Carol and I discovered the power of connection after the tragic deaths of both of our sons. Just eight months before our oldest son Jeffrey was killed in Iraq by an IED, we lost our younger son Kevin to suicide. We knew our son, Kevin was sad, we just didn’t know he could die from being too sad. Our sons died fighting different battles. On June 21, 2003 we lost our son K
Highlights from the 2016 W100K from Crawford, Texas
President George W. Bush hosted the 6th Annual W100K, a three-day, 100 kilometer mountain bike ride with servicemen and women injured in since 9/11, September 29 - October 1.