Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, March 23, 2023:
What’s next for the school voucher plan in the Texas Legislature?
The Texas Senate’s education committee heard from hundreds of speakers as members discussed a school voucher program late into the night Wednesday. With more on the proposal to offset private school tuition, we’re joined by KERA News’ Bill Zeeble.
Plano ISD runs a deficit. Why? It’s sending millions to the state.
Plano ISD is known as a wealthy district, but it’s been running a budget deficit for about five years. Now the money is running out. How does that end up happening? KERA’s Caroline Love says it’s complicated.
Advocates say social emotional learning is one approach to addressing the child mental health crisis
In the push to address child mental health, some advocates say increasing the number of school counselors, social workers and psychologists is not enough. As Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst reports, preventative efforts like social emotional learning are part of the approach they call for.
Going inside the world of immersive gaming
Maybe you’ve suited up for a game of laser tag or paintball. But a new company with locations in Texas and around the U.S. now lets folks play inside a familiar video game. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga joins us to talk about the world of immersive gaming.
Austin tried and failed to rewrite its land code. Republican lawmakers might do it for them.
The Austin City Council spent nearly a decade and millions of dollars trying to rewrite rules about what can be built in the city and where. Ultimately, they failed. Now, as KUT’s Audrey McGlinchy reports, Republican state lawmakers may make the changes for them.
‘The Long Game’ highlights the drive behind Mexican American golf trailblazers
In the 1950s, four Mexican American teens in Del Rio wanted to play golf – but weren’t allowed to play at the white country club. Against the odds, they went on to become Texas state champs. Their story’s told in a new film, “The Long Game,” which just premiered at South by Southwest. We’ll hear from director Julio Quintana.
A new Pentagon policy helps troops who travel to receive abortions. Republicans want to block it.
The Pentagon is giving more support to service members who have to travel to receive abortions or fertility treatment. Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame reports for the American Homefront Project about the policy taking effect this month.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.