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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - TX: Education

A new study shows that while more Latinos are earning college degrees, they still fall behind white and African American students in educational attainment. (HillStreet/GettyImages)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite progress in recent years, earning a college degree remains a major challenge for Latinos both in Texas and across the country. A new study out Wednesday from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that only 21 percent of Latinos hav

A new study examines the effects that a $5 billion funding cut had on Texas school districts and their students over a five-year period. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016. A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate

The University of Texas at El Paso in one of nine undergraduate campuses in the University of Texas System. (UT-El Paso)

AUSTIN, Texas - Graduates from University of Texas System schools, on average, do better in their careers than students with degrees from other colleges - not just in Texas but across the nation, according to a joint study out today from Georgetown University and the University of Texas. The study

A controversial bill on the agenda of an upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature would restrict where transgender Texans can use the bathroom. (Davis/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of rights groups is blasting Texas leaders for making anti-LGBTQ bills a priority when lawmakers convene this week in a special session. In a conference call with the media, the groups urged the Legislature to work on funding the state's public schools or repairin

Texas is among several states considering laws that would block state and local school officials from limiting teachers to lessons using evidence-based science. (GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – A state legislative committee will consider a proposal that would allow climate-change denial to be taught in Texas public schools. Texas is among several states considering laws that would block state and local school officials from limiting teachers to lessons using evidenc

Children’s advocates say all-day pre-kindergarten programs give Texas children a significant advantage when they begin school. (Children's Defense Fund-Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – Children's advocates are aiming to convince the Texas Legislature to fund all-day pre-kindergarten classes in the 2018-2019 budget and beyond. The Children's Defense Fund-Texas and others hold a roundtable discussion in Austin Friday, to share reasons to permanently fund what

A new study says African-American and Latino students are significantly under-represented in the country’s top public research universities. (RawpixelLtd/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Significant numbers of African-American and Latino students are being excluded from America's top public research universities, according to a new report. The study from the progressive research and advocacy group Center for American Progress says in many states, including Te

A coalition of Texas advocacy groups is opposing a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook after it discovered errors and racial bias in the manuscript. (ambrozinio/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Advocates and educators plan to go before the Texas State Board of Education this week to demand the board reject a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook. The group, the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition, is trying to prevent the book from ever making it into

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