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Texas Education Agency deputy commissioner Lizzette Reynolds has confirmed a decision made by TEA commissioner Michael Williams to lower the Beaumont Independent School District's accreditation status to "Accredited - Probation." The decision was made by the TEA commissioner in the wake of an investigation by the agency that revealed "serious and persistent deficiencies in the areas of financial management, compliance with legal requirements, and special education."

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Anna Riley, theatre teacher from Central High School in Beaumont

A preacher, teachers and guns are not a combination that usually comes to mind, but on Saturday, Feb. 2, this was indeed the case. James McAbee, pastor of Lighthouse Worship Center in Beaumont, offered a free Concealed Handgun License course to around 150 teachers from the Southeast Texas area. McAbee usually charges $50 for the course but waived the fee for educators.

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