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Why Texas Withheld $1 Million From This Border School District

Image via Texas Observer, courtesy Progreso ISD
Students at Progreso High School — "home of the Mighty Red Ants" — read to elementary schoolers in the district.";s:

From Texas Standard:

A "systematic breakdown" is how a recent report from the Texas Education Agency described the Progreso School District.

The south Texas town has been at the center of an investigation after concerns were raised about the school's finances and management. Amid all that, however, there is another battle brewing: a debate between the school district and the state of Texas over the residency status of the students.

Patrick Michels, staff writer for the Texas Observer, joins the Standard with the details.

"The lawyer for the school district isn't exactly sure where that list came from. He says in the lawsuit that it's just hearsay the state's relying on for this list of students," Michels says. "The district is saying that they followed up, and the students do actually live in the district or they should be enrolled." 

Read more on Texas Standard.

Rhonda joined KUT in late 2013 as producer for the station's new daily news program, Texas Standard. Rhonda will forever be known as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the first full-time hire for The Texas Standard?” She’s an Iowa native who got her start in public radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, while getting her Master's Degree in Library Science at Florida State University. Prior to joining KUT and The Texas Standard, Rhonda was a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.
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