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The Dallas Examiner | 6/20/2016, 9:56 a.m.
The Dallas Examiner
Passing on the gift of knowledge through reading, a community book donation event, hosted by Melanin Origins LLC, a children’s book company that writes biographies of African American leaders; the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas; the Dallas Public Library; and SoulGood, a vegan food company. The celebration of heritage and family will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Melanin Origins will donate copies of their first book entitled Brick by Brick: A Snippet of the Life of Booker T. Washington. SoulGood will provide food, and police officers from the association will read to children during the event.
(AP) – Ongoing reporting issues with a testing vendor is prompting the state’s top education official to waive any consequences for fifth- and eighth-grade students relating to technical problems with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests they took.
In a statement issued Friday, Education Commissioner Mike Morath said those students who didn’t perform satisfactorily on the March and May 2016 tests will not have to retake the standardized tests. He also said he is canceling the June STAAR testing date for fifth- and eighth-graders.
Students must pass the STAAR to advance to middle school and high school. Morath said local districts would have to make their own judgments on student promotion or retention.
New Jersey-based Educational Testing Services is administering the exam after winning a $280 million contract.
(AP) – The family of 19-year-old Christian Taylor, an unarmed Black college football player who was fatally shot by Arlington police trainee Brad Miller, is asking prosecutors to refile charges in the case after a grand jury declined to take any action against the officer.
Attorney Michael Heiskell, who represents the Taylor family, sent a letter Friday to Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson saying the family was “saddened and dismayed” by the grand jury’s decision on Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Taylor was shot in a car dealership after police responded to a burglary call in August 2015. Miller was later fired.
On Friday, one person was arrested by police during a protest in Arlington of the grand jury’s decision.
(AP) – A San Antonio police officer is set to be fired for an incident in which he challenged a man he had arrested to a fight.
Officer Matthew Belver was given an indefinite suspension last month for the August incident, The San Antonio Express-News reported.
According to dashcam video obtained by the newspaper, Belver had arrested Eloy Leal and placed him in the back of his police car.
After the two men exchanged words, Belver can be heard saying “let’s take the cuffs off” before taking off the handcuffs and pulling Leal out of the car.
But Leal didn’t engage in the fight.
San Antonio police says Belver is appealing his firing.
Leal was charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant, but that charge was later dropped.