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Listen In, Lubbock: What you need to know about the school choice debate in Texas

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School choice is a focus of this year’s legislative session. Advocates, including Governor Greg Abbott, want state funds to help parents pay for private school or homeschooling. Opponents say this is the latest attempt to undermine Texas public schools.

What do you need to know about this debate? The Texas Tribune's Public Education Reporter Brian Lopez joins us to answer that question.

Brian Lopez, The Texas Tribune

Helpful links:

At parental rights event, Gov. Greg Abbott sheds light on how he’d implement “school choice” policy from The Texas Tribune

What you need to know about education savings accounts, the voucher-like program championed by Gov. Greg Abbott from The Texas Tribune

State Board of Education eases stance on vouchers after previously rejecting “school choice” policies from The Texas Tribune

Texas’ private and rural schools again brace for a showdown on school choice from The Texas Tribune

Here’s everything you need to know about school vouchers in Texas from Texas Tech Public Media and Houston Public Media

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Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Julia is the Morning Edition Host and a radio producer with Texas Tech Public Media. She graduated with her bachelor's in electronic media and journalism from Texas Tech University, and her master's in mass communication also from Texas Tech University. She also is an adjunct professor of journalism at TTU's College of Media and Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @_julsew_.
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