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Calvin Walker (right) and his trial attorney in the federal case, Dick DeGuerin

Former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker, under state indictment for allegedly defrauding and illegally collecting millions of dollars from BISD and the city of Port Arthur, has challenged the constitutionality of the pending state criminal prosecution to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

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Entergy Texas announced a $600,000 workforce development initiative Monday, March 13 at Edison Plaza in Beaumont with several important dignitaries in attendance including Entergy Texas CEO Sallie Rainer and Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Employees Ruth Hughs.

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Still fighting forfeiture of more than $3 million in annuities the U.S. government acquired from former Beaumont Independent School District electrician Calvin Walker, wife Stacy Walker argued to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that her husband had no right to bargain away property that belonged to her as well. This past week, March 9, the court handed down an opinion.

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The Beaumont Foundation of America is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2017 Reaud Excellence in Education Award. Since 2009 the Foundation has recognized superior teachers whose dedication and leadership inspire both students and fellow educators. The awards provide public acclaim and financial rewards to these teachers who are furthering excellence in education throughout Southeast Texas.

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Local creative powerhouse e.Sullivan Advertising & Design won big on Saturday, March 4 at the Pioneer Club in Lake Charles.

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TEA Deputy Commissioner of Governance A.J. Crabill takes questions.

“It’s not what you think it is,” Region 5 Education Service Center Director Dr. Danny Lovett told a group of about a dozen attendees sitting in on Saturday training designed to educate anyone who may be interested in what it will take to be part of the Beaumont Independent School District’s new Board of Managers. 

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At least two pieces of the BISD forensic audit were left out of the initial document release, and with some digging, The Examiner has those additional reports.

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After a few withdrawals from the race for Beaumont ISD Board of Trustees, district election coordinator Georgia Antoine announced Feb. 24 that a “final list” of candidates has been forged. According to Antoine, Feb. 24 marked the “last day for a candidate to withdraw” for the upcoming May 6 election.

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In the Education Law Center’s researcher-generated “Is School Funding Fair? America’s Most Fiscally Disadvantaged School Districts” second edition report released this month, authors Bruce Baker, Theresa Luhm, Monete Johnson and David G. Sciarra compiled a list of the nation’s most fiscally disadvantaged schools.

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Although the forensic auditing team of Weaver Tidwell LLP spent one year and a million bucks to painstakingly detail expenditures of the Beaumont Independent School District’s $388 million bond initiative over the course of 2,700 pages, investigators in Southeast Texas have yet to find one indictable offense in the year-old document.

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