Texas Standard For July 30, 2021

We’re going into another academic year that will be impacted by the pandemic. What we know now about how it’s affected student progress. And: The DACA program can no longer accept new applicants based on a Texas judge’s ruling. So what does that mean going forward? Also: The pandemic’s impact on employment has meant some gains for Americans with disabilities. What employers can learn. Plus: The pandemic’s partly responsible for Texas’ frenzied housing market. But will the bubble burst? We’ll ask an expert. We’ll also remember a dark day in Texas history, 55 years ago. And we’ll wrap up our Friday with the top news from this week in Texas politics. All of that today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJuly 30, 2021 9:30 am

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, July 30, 2021.

Students Hurt Most By Pandemic

The upcoming school year is looking uncertain as the delta variant continues its rapid spread. But one thing is certain: there’s been significant learning loss among many students attending virtually throughout the pandemic. And the impact has been disproportionate, with the most vulnerable students falling further behind. Sarah Mervosh, a reporter with The New York Times, joins us with more.

DACA: What’s Next

The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program hit another legal snag this month, when a federal judge in Houston ruled the Obama administration had created it illegally. The decision means no new DACA applications will be accepted. KERA’s Stella Chavez reports on some of the ripple effects this will have in people’s lives and the economy.

Congressional Elections Hearing

Texas’ fight over voting legislation moved to the U.S. Capitol Thursday. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider says state representatives from both parties made their cases before a House Oversight subcommittee.

People with Disabilities and Jobs During the Pandemic

For the one in five Americans who live with a disability, the pandemic has brought upheaval and stress. But the advent of work from home has also led to some unexpected good news, in the form of higher employment. For a look at how the pandemic has brought both positive and negative changes for the disabled community we turn to Steve Bartlett. He’s a former congressman from North Texas who helped write the Americans with Disabilities Act.

California vs Texas Housing Booms

We know housing sales and prices have soared in Texas. But are we seeing here now what California and other states saw over a decade ago, prior to the bursting of the housing bubble? Texas A&M professor Luis Torres is a research economist at A&M’s Texas Real Estate Research Center.

The Sounds of Texas: Rick Cloud on UT Tower Anniversary

We hear from a survivor of UT-Austin tower shooting on the week of its 55th anniversary. Revisit Texas Standard’s special documentary “Out Of The Blue.”

COVID Back To School

The first day of school for most Texas school districts is just weeks away. COVID-19 cases are surging, and many families are wondering what that means for going back to school. KUT Austin’s Claire McInerny reports that this week, school districts in Central Texas started talking about virtual options once again.

Typewriter Rodeo

The Week in Texas Politics with the Texas Tribune

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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