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Happy Monday! Luck is a mental construct.

⛅️ Today's weather: High in the 60s with a slight chance of rain.

🎵 Sounds like: "We are the champions"

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Today's newsletter is just 971 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Abbott unveils his "Parental Bill of Rights"

Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled his outline of a proposed "Parental Bill of Rights" that would give parents — and not schools — the right to decide if a student should repeat a grade.

Why it matters: Abbott said he wants to amend the Texas Constitution to make parents the "main decision makers in all matters" involving their children, which mirrors a national push from conservatives fueled by contentious battles over how race and sexuality are addressed in public schools.

The other side: "We look forward to reviewing Gov. Abbott's plan. It's our hope that it doesn't include additional unfunded state mandates or administrative requirements that burden frontline educators," the Texas Association of School Boards said in a statement to WFAA.

Context: Texas public schools have become ground zero in the national debate over everything from critical race theory to sex education. NBC News even created a podcast series about schools in Southlake. Districts have also been divided over the issue of masks in schools.

Flashback: Just this month, the superintendents of both Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD announced they are stepping down. In the last three months, eight North Texas superintendents have said they are resigning.

  • In November, Abbott declared a war on "pornography" in public schools, though he has not cited examples of the material he would like to ban.

Read the full story.

2. ♣️ City of Dallas revokes poker room permit

This strip mall poker room attracts hundreds of players every day. Photo: Brandon Donner for Axios

The Texas Card House in Northwest Dallas received a letter from the city attorney revoking the permit that allows the business to operate, noting that the card room has been "keeping a gambling place," according to a report from CBS11.

Why it matters: Texas Card House has been open to the public since 2020, after the city approved the permit. Hundreds of people gather there every day to play poker.

Details: Texas Card House doesn’t take a "rake" — a portion of each pot — like casinos do. Instead, players pay $13 an hour to play there. Those rules have allowed the card room to operate within state laws that outlaw gambling.

Zoom out: Card rooms in Texas have become especially popular in the poker world, attracting the biggest poker vloggers on YouTube and card players from around the globe. TCH often live streams big games.

What they’re saying: "We spent about 2-and-a-half years trying to find a location that we could open that the city approved of," Texas Card House CEO Ryan Crow told CBS.

The big picture: Before these legal card rooms opened, North Texas poker players had to travel to Oklahoma casinos or play in illicit underground games that were prone to robbery and cheating.

What we’re watching: There are several other card rooms open in Dallas. It’s not clear if those businesses have received similar letters from the city attorney.

Read the full story.

3. 🏈 Everyone wants to hire the Cowboys coaches

A lot of teams like Dan Quinn. Photo: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

A week after the chaotic and infuriating end to the Dallas Cowboys season, teams around the NFL are interviewing both offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for head coaching positions.

Why it matters: This was one of the best Dallas Cowboys teams in years, with both a top-ranked offense and a top-tier defense. Now the future of the team is up in the air.

Details: Kellen Moore has been interviewed or approached by at least four teams, according to CBS Sports’ hilarious "interest tracker." If he gets hired, the 33-year-old Moore would immediately become the youngest head coach in the league.

  • Dan Quinn, who led the Atlanta Falcons to a Super Bowl appearance as that team’s head coach, has only been with the Cowboys for one season, but completely revamped the defense. He’s been interviewed or approached by five teams, including Chicago, Denver and Minnesota.

What they’re saying: Rookie linebacker sensation Micah Parsons made a heartfelt plea to Quinn at a news conference last week. "I hope we get another shot at this. If you go, I’m going to miss you, brother, and I wish you nothing but success."

Meanwhile, Jerry Jones doesn’t seem particularly happy with current head coach Mike McCarthy, who defended the questionable play calling at the end of the Cowboys playoff loss to San Francisco.

Our thought bubble: The Cowboys should let Moore go, fire McCarthy and hire Quinn as the new head coach. Players clearly love the guy.

4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

Large Marge loves news bits. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🐴 Four Sixes Ranch has been sold to Taylor Sheridan, the co-creator and producer of "Yellowstone" and "1883," which was largely filmed in Fort Worth. (Fort Worth Report)

⛳️ The Four Seasons will turn over management of its Las Colinas resort to other companies at the end of the year. (D Magazine)

🏟 SMU plans to expand its football stadium with the help of a $50 million donation from an alumnus. (FOX4)

🐱 Dallas Animal Services is closing on Thursdays due to COVID-19 and staffing shortages. (Dallas City Hall)

Energy Transfer, the pipeline company that supplies gas to roughly one third of the power plants owned by Texas' biggest power generator, walked back its threat to cut off supplies — until March. (Texas Tribune)

5. 🐻 Celebrating the champs

Dallas celebrated South Oak Cliff High School's championship Saturday. Screenshot: Twitter

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson presented the key to the city to the South Oak Cliff High School Golden Bears in honor of their state championship win.

  • Johnson declared Saturday "South Oak Cliff Day."

Why it matters: The Golden Bears won the UIL Class 5A Division II championship in December, the first state title won by a Dallas ISD school since 1958.

  • Of course, Dallas Carter famously won a state football title in 1988, with one of the best high school football teams ever assembled, but the title was later stripped after a player was ruled ineligible because of an algebra grade.

What they’re saying: "All the hard work that we put in through the years, since my freshman year, and the summer. It finally paid off," South Oak Cliff senior linebacker Ashton Stoker told NBC DFW.

Our picks:

🦇 Mike is reading this touching eulogy for Dallas native Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, from the front page of the New York Times.

⛺️ Tasha is contemplating survival after watching the first season of Yellowjackets.

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