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Texas Standard: April 9, 2019

Texas officials raising lots of eyebrows after taking quick action to sue the companies involved in recent chemical disasters. A change of heart? We’ll take a look. Also, who’s helping the growing numbers of people crossing the border right now? Highly strained resources for migrants in the valley as their numbers mount. And is the…

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Trailer: Held Back

In most urban school districts across the country, black and Latino students don’t perform as well on standardized tests as their white and Asian peers. KUT’s Claire McInerny explores the reasons for this gap and looks at one teacher’s possible solution.

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Texas Standard: March 14, 2019

The 15th democrat and the second Texan has made it official: he’s running for President. But do the numbers add up for Beto ‘O Rourke? We’ll have more on the announcement by a former congressman from El Paso who wants to take on Donald Trump for President. Also, in conservative Midland, a test for the…

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Texas Standard: January 22, 2019

When a suspect dies in police custody in Texas, what’s the public’s right to get answers? Critics call it the dead suspect loophole. We’ll take a closer look. Also coming up this hour, a military uprising in Venezuela. Four officials are kidnapped before troops loyal to the president put it down. A coup in the…

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Texas Standard: August 13, 2018

Reformers used to talk about boosting the three r’s. This week the letters that could matter more for schools statewide: the letters A thru F. With 1100 Texas schools getting their first A thru F style report cards, who’s doing the grading, and is anyone getting extra credit? We’ll take a look. Also a pilot…

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Texas Standard: May 25, 2018

The Lt. Governor mocked after the Santa Fe shooting for claiming Texas schools have too many entrances and exits, but is he right? After the Sandy Hook school massacre, the old building was raised and a new more secure building built in its place. One of the experts involved says Texas schools should reconsider their…

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STAAR Testing

Some students in Texas are taking the state’s standardized tests. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

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Texas Standard: September 14, 2017

What just happened between the Democrats and Donald Trump? Both less and more than meets the eye. Has the president reached a deal with democrats to save DACA and stop the wall? The idea alone, improbable as it may sound, creating ripples across the political landscape and raising eyebrows among Texas republicans. Also joining us…

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Texas Standard: March 27, 2017

Who’s in charge here? With the president giving more latitude to the military, rising civilian casualty counts in Syria trigger growing concerns. Plus reading, writing and reboot. Texas public school students hunker down for assessment tests statewide, but the score that may wind up mattering most: the one for the test makers. We’ll hear why….

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Texas Standard: January 11, 2017

In the past 24 hours, explosive allegations against the President elect have surfaced. Some now wonder: is there a pre-inaugural panic button? We’ll explore. Also, in a state that prides itself on being number one, a dubious distinction… Texas: the uninsured capitol of the US. What if anything happens to healthcare statewide come January 20th?…

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Texas Standard: August 25, 2016

$20 million and change— a record setting fine for the administrators of the annual Texas standardized school tests. The stakes today on the Texas Standard. The attack on the university in Kabul: dozens of American Universities around the world, what’s in a name? And why that matters. Also, if Northeast Texas were a separate state…

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Texas Standard: July 28, 2016

Hillary in Texas: who was that prime connection from the 70’s her husband name checked at the convention? We’ll explore the backstory. Also if you’re an attorney general, when is it ok to take a donation from the owner of a company your office is investigating? Plus you remember the line when you wish upon…

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Texas Standard: July 11, 2016

Promoting unity in Dallas and action in Washington. Efforts to enact change after last week’s shooting, we’ll explore. Also: A new precedent. A criminal justice expert on the Dallas Police Department’s use of a robot with a bomb to eliminate the shooting suspect. Plus: Little Saigon. Why a Houston city council member’s plan to re-name…

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Texas Standard: June 29, 2016

You protect them, you monitor what they’re exposed to, and then one day: Dad what is ISIS? How do you respond? We’ll explore. Also big fail for standardized tests in Texas, penalties nearing one and a half million dollars. So why are we sticking with the company behind them? Is there a better way? Also…

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Texas Standard: March 29, 2016

More than a thousand arrested, their names still secret, in a strike at international syndicates in Texas. We’ll explore. Also: the death of a marine and the explanation raising eyebrows…is there a war going on that official Washington’s not talking about? And many come to Texas to start a new life…not counting on the wether,…

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