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School district not budging on transgender bathroom decision

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — The issue getting the most attention at the Dripping Springs school board meeting wasn’t even on the agenda.

According to parents, a third grader at Walnut Springs Elementary born as a boy, but identifies as a girl, has been allowed to use the girls bathroom since the beginning of this school year.  519 more words

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HISD Plays Chicken with Texas Legislature

The Texas Tribune details the Hobson’s Choice facing voters residing within the Houston Independent School.  Under the “Robin Hood” plan HISD is due to send $165 million to poorer school districts subject to voter approval.  158 more words

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State Rep. Dawnna Dukes retires amid health concerns, investigation

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Twenty-two-year veteran lawmaker for east Austin, Rep. Dawnna Dukes, announced she will step down because of health problems. But her resignation won’t take effect until after next month’s election. 607 more words

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Parents picking sides in Dripping Springs transgender bathroom debate

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — A transgender bathroom issue heating up in Dripping Springs is expected to boil over at a school board meeting Monday night. 529 more words

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Postcards from the Great Divide: On training the camera on local politics.

Good morning Austin:

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will get about 90 percent of the attention but they’ll have about ten percent of the impact on your life. 3,994 more words

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Three new regional directors for CPS start this week

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the state’s three newest regional directors for Child Protective Services start their job this week, they’re tasked with one of the hardest jobs: keeping Texas children safe. 681 more words

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Is Texas denying kids access to special education?

A massive Houston Chronicle investigation published last weekend nailed down the forces behind a public education phenomenon that’s been talked about for years, answering the question: Why are Texas’ special education numbers so low? 1,101 more words