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The Source: Texas School Funding Back In Court | Cedar, A Most Hated Tree

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio
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In the first segment:

The fight over public school funding continues with another installment of Judge John Dietz’s courtroom.  In February of last year he ruled that the state funding levels were unconstitutional.

In the last legislative session the state restored $3.4 billion of the more than $5 billion they cut the previous session, but was it enough? And with the current political backdrop will education be in the spotlight for the remaining months? Will it be an effective and compelling issue for Texas voters?

We talk with Joe Smith, founder of TexasISD.com, about the trial's opening day and we also speak with Cal Jillson professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

In the second segment:


Cedar fever is going full bore here in Texas. We talk with Professor Butch Taylor with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service to tell us how much longer we have to deal with it.

Also on this segment: Do we hate cedar so much that we make up things about it? Elizabeth McGreevy helps us unravels the true from the false in our loathing of the cedar tree.

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