Voucher-like program for Texas students gets another chance

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Texas lawmakers are trying — again — to pass legislation that would help parents pay for private school or homeschooling using public funds.

Driving the news: Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a school choice rally at the state Capitol this week.

Michael Mooney
Mar 22, 2023 - News

Texas weighs bills to allow Native American regalia at school events

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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

A new set of bills in the Texas legislature would allow Native American students to wear cultural regalia — including ceremonial eagle feathers — to graduation and other school events.

Why it matters: Last year, Kayla Price, an Afro-Indigenous high school senior in San Antonio, made headlines after she was told she couldn't wear an eagle feather on her cap during her school's graduation ceremony — though administrators quickly changed their minds.

Texas' Major League Cricket team announces name, coach

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The destiny of American cricket, decided last weekend in Houston. Photo: Courtesy of MLC

Major League Cricket's Texas team finally has a name, coach and roster ahead of the league's launch this summer.

  • The team's name is … the Texas Super Kings!

Why America will be more like Texas soon

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The rest of the country will be forced to wear ties like this soon. Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Non-Texans can hate on us all they want, but they'll have to accept that our country is becoming more and more Texan every day.

  • At least that's what a magazine based in London says.
Tasha Tsiaperas
Mar 17, 2023 - News

Texas rainy day fund could preserve parks, water

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Martin Dies Jr. State Park outside Jasper. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

A proposed state bill calls for the creation of the Texas Land and Water Conservation Fund, which would use excess money to expand public parks and preserve water resources.

Driving the news: Republican State Rep. Justin Holland of Rockwall filed House Bill 3165 this month to take $2 billion from Texas' rainy day fund, which is expected to reach $27.1 billion in the next budget, to create the fund.

Michael Mooney
Mar 16, 2023 - News

Our favorite Patricks with Texas ties, in honor of St. Patrick's Day

Few things are more Dallas than "Dallas." Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the most serious of holidays, we've assembled a very serious list — of our favorite Patricks.

Context: The holiday is named after the patron saint of Ireland, who, as legend has it, explained the Christian Trinity to the people of the Emerald Isle by using three leaves of a shamrock.

Police warn of "sweetheart scams" in North Texas

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A multinational romance scam targeting elderly individuals across the U.S. had ties to North Texas, authorities say.

Driving the news: The Nigerian group's leader, Ifeanyichukwu Obi of Grand Prairie, was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for engaging in organized criminal activity and theft of property over $300,000.

Screen Time with Dallas ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde

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Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Courtesy of Dallas Independent School District

Stephanie Elizalde's appointment as Dallas ISD superintendent last year symbolized a homecoming for the third-generation public school educator. She worked for the Dallas district for almost a decade before leaving in 2020 to be Austin ISD's superintendent.

  • As part of our Screen Time feature, we examine how some of the most interesting people in North Texas interact with technology.

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