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Texas STAAR test: Student math and science scores plummet

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by By Sneha Dey, The – 2024-06-14 12:47:49

SUMMARY: State testing data reveals significant declines in Texas students' math and science scores post-pandemic. Only 26% of fifth graders met science standards, a 21-point drop since 2019. Math scores also fell, with 41% of students demonstrating adequate understanding. The data underscores COVID-19's severe impact on learning, with concerns about lasting workforce implications. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath noted that disruptions have hindered students' math proficiency. However, bilingual students showed notable gains, surpassing pre-pandemic levels in reading and social studies. The story is developing, with upcoming appearances by political figures at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

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Texas conservation groups use new formula to show their value

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by By Alejandra Martinez and Carlos Nogueras Ramos, The – 2024-07-12 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Jenny Sanders, raised on Texas ranches by a wildlife biologist father, works to protect the environment in Lufkin, Texas. She coordinates various environmental projects, focusing on preventing the longleaf pine from vanishing. However, gaining donor support has been challenging due to insufficient data to demonstrate the impact of conservation efforts. In 2024, a report by Texan by Nature introduced formulas to calculate environmental benefits like water collection and carbon capture. This data helped Sanders secure significant funding, with Texas Longleaf Team receiving $825,000 in federal funding and nearly $1 million from private sources, enhancing their conservation capabilities.

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Allred punts on whether Biden should continue reelection bid

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by By Jasper Scherer, The – 2024-07-11 18:01:43

SUMMARY: U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, a Dallas Democrat aiming to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, commented on President Biden's poor debate performance, expressing disappointment but avoiding whether Biden should seek reelection. Allred, under pressure to address Biden's perceived lack of fitness for office, stated he hasn't been part of the conversations about Biden's next steps and remains focused on defeating Cruz. He has kept some distance from Biden, particularly on immigration issues. While some Texas Democrats like Rep. Lloyd Doggett have called for Biden to withdraw his candidacy, others have yet to clearly state their position on Biden's reelection.

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Among Texans, Kamala Harris is even less popular than Biden

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by By Juan Salinas II, The – 2024-07-11 16:52:31

SUMMARY: A recent poll by the University of Houston/Texas Southern University reveals Kamala Harris has a 56% unfavorability rating among Texas voters, worse than Biden's 55% and Trump's 49%. Conducted before the June 27 presidential debate, the poll suggests Harris faces challenges winning Texas voters. Despite this, national polls show Harris gaining ground against Trump. Renée Cross from Hobby School suggests Harris needs to improve outreach to voters of color and younger voters. Meanwhile, a Harris candidacy could benefit Democratic U.S. Rep. Colin Allred in his Senate race against Ted Cruz. Harris's favorability has risen slightly to 42% since January.

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