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The Source: Hungry Kids Don't Learn | A Changing Texas Brings Big Challenges

USDA Photo by Bob Nichols
Students at Washington-Lee High School select their breakfast of Scrambled Eggs and Biscuits, on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 prepared by Arlington Public Schools.

In the first segment:

Texas students are coming to class hungry, an estimated 1.5 million kids across the state participate in breakfast in the classroom programs. Texas requires any district with over 10 percent of kids qualifying for free and reduced lunches to offer breakfast as well, and the results are fed kids who can concentrate on their work. 

We talk about the national efforts to feed students so they can learn with Crystal FitzSimons from the Food Research and Action Center.

Sally Cody, senior executive director of food and child nutrition services, joins us to talk about local efforts at San Antonio Independent School District, a district with 93 percent of its kids being economically disadvantaged.

In the second segment:


The state of Texas is changing. In his new book "Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge," former state demographer Steve Murdoch tells us about the sweeping changes coming to the state, and the cost of ignoring the large shifts that are already occurring. The result of thirty years of prior analysis, Murdock argues Texas will become poorer and less competitive if it doesn’t begin to change now. 

Steve Murdoch is director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, and is co author of this book.

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