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Foster Care
10:44 am
Mon July 28, 2014

What's the Difference Between Federal & State Foster Care in Texas?

While the state's foster care program may find homes for the neediest of children, the federal programs offer more in stipends for parents.
Photo Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Karolina Michalak / Felipe Hadler

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:02 am

As scores of unaccompanied minors come across the U.S.-Mexico border, some may look to adopt refugee children through foster care.

But foster care is delineated between two systems: state and federal-sponsored care.  While both require the same qualifications from potential parents, including extensive background checks and training, they differ in the systems of financial support provided to parents.

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Border Crisis
10:43 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border?

Texas Adjudant General John Nichols speaks at a press conference on the deployment of the Texas National Guard to the border on July 21, 2014.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:10 am

Can the National Guard troops being deployed to the border arrest and detain people? Only if Gov. Rick Perry says they can. But experts do have some concerns about giving law enforcement powers to a reserve military force.

From a legal standpoint, the National Guard has no authority to enforce federal immigration law, because the troops will be operating under the governor’s authority. In this case, Gov. Perry has called them up, and not President Barack Obama.

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Education
3:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

West Superintendent Heads to Tyler ISD

West ISD's Superintendent Marty Crawford will be heading to Tyler ISD for the upcoming school year.


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Central Texas Leadership Series
12:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Central Texas Leadership Series: Susan Cowley

Susan Cowley (L) talking with Liz Taylor (R) on KWBU's Central Texas Leadership Series

In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership series Liz Taylor sits down for an enlightening conversation with Susan Cowley of the Cowley Group, ChisolmCrossing.com, and founder and covenant partner with the Talitha Koum Institute.  

This audio is pending

Education
10:31 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Despite Campaign Focus, Texas Pre-K Won't Likely Expand Soon

Robert W. Hart

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 10:09 am

Over half of Texas children between the ages of three and four don't go to preschool, according to the annual Kids Count report released this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Texas schools offer free pre-K programs to 4-year-olds, but primarily only offer programs for 3-year-olds on a tuition basis. Those low numbers and access have drawn scrutiny from education advocates, lawmakers and even the candidates running for governor.

Despite the recent focus on preschool access for Texas children, efforts to expand access may to wait until after the upcoming legislative session.

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