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Fewer Texas students complete FAFSA after bungled rollout

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by By Sneha Dey, Data reporting by Elijah Nicholson-Messmer, The – 2024-06-21 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Many Texas high school graduates are entering summer without completing the FAFSA, crucial for seeking college financial aid. A revamped form introduced complications, delaying colleges' financial aid timelines. As of June 7, FAFSA completion rates among Texas graduates dropped by 8.8 percentage points, affecting nearly 30,000 students, a sharper decline than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts like Bill DeBaun and Bryan Ashton express concerns that fewer FAFSA submissions will reduce college enrollment, especially among low-income students. Despite this, Texas maintains high completion rates due to a 2021 law requiring FAFSA submission for high school graduation. The challenges may additionally cause “summer melt.”

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Race to replace Sheila Jackson Lee underway

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by By Isaac Yu and Renzo Downey, The – 2024-07-23 16:45:57

SUMMARY: The race to succeed U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in her Houston district has begun, with former Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, state Rep. Jarvis Johnson, and Houston Councilwoman Letitia Plummer among the potential Democratic candidates. Amanda Edwards has also expressed interest but prefers to discuss later. Jackson Lee, who won her Democratic primary earlier this year, passed away from pancreatic cancer on July 19. The Democratic nominee will be chosen by Harris County officials and is expected to win against Republican Lana Centonze, given the district's solid blue history. Gov. Greg Abbott may call a special election to fill the remainder of Jackson Lee's term.

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Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Houston

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by By Jaden Edison, The – 2024-07-23 16:08:50

SUMMARY: Vice President Kamala Harris is set to visit Texas to deliver the keynote speech at the American Federation of Teachers' national convention in Houston. This comes after President Joe Biden announced he won't seek reelection, and Harris declared her intention to run for president. Harris' visit precedes Biden's trip to Austin to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The convention will discuss significant issues like school budget deficits and teacher pay. Additionally, Harris and AFT have criticized “Project 2025,” a conservative initiative that could drastically alter federal education policies, including eliminating the U.S. Department of Education.

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Biden’s visit to Austin is back on for Monday

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by By Isaac Yu, The – 2024-07-23 12:09:15

SUMMARY: President Joe Biden will visit Austin next Monday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library. This will be his first trip to Texas after announcing he would not seek reelection in November. Biden's visit, originally scheduled for July 15, was postponed due to an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. In addition to delivering a speech, Biden was scheduled to attend a fundraiser with Luci Baines Johnson. His visit holds significance as he is the first president to withdraw from reelection since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

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