Examiner Staff Report's archive

By Brandi Haskett

and Lauren Dodd

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Last week’s explosive Examiner cover story that Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois knew about a systematic program of cheating continues to reverberate among outraged citizens who thought they had heard the worst of the BISD scandals. But Jennifer Johnson’s report documented cheating on such a massive scale that it has made a mockery of BISD claims of academic progress.

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Saturday, May 18, was a glorious day for Lamar University, which conferred more than 1,600 degrees to 1,605 graduates. Many of these graduates are parents, full-time workers — not to mention volunteers, athletes and participants in school organizations.

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Everything has its price, but $10,000 for a chance at a date is taking advantage of people desperately looking for companionship. 

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For almost two years, the BISD board has known the will of the voters is to change from a 7/0 board to a 5/2 method of representation. Not something the majority on the board wanted, for certain, since they probably would lose some seats and certainly their ability to run the district like a monarchy.

From the beginning, their strategy was really quite simple: delay the change as long as possible and flavor the deliberation with well-orchestrated opposition. Next, pull out the race card.

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