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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - TX: Education

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

A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking Obama administration guidelines on transgender students' use of bathrooms. (Faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines to public schools that allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. The order, issued just as millions of Texas children were returning to the classroom, puts the regulations on hold

Legislation currently under debate in Congress could force schools to reapply in order to participate in free meal programs. (USDA)

AUSTIN, Texas - Congress is considering legislation that would change a program that currently allows schools in high-poverty areas to offer free meals to all students. A bill in the House would tighten the rules for schools to qualify. Advocates say changes would affect the Community Eligibility pr

The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the use of race as a factor in admissions policies at the University of Texas-Austin. (University of Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that the University of Texas can consider race as part of its admissions criteria in order to diversify its student body was a bitter defeat for Texas conservatives, who maintain the policy discriminates against white applicants

A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling means school districts will have to wait until the 2017 legislative session for any changes to the state's school funding plan. (morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Teachers and other educators are raising concerns that a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling on the state's school funding system lets the Legislature off the hook for fixing it. The state's high court found the system to be flawed but constitutional, leaving no mandate for state law

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