Kate McGee, KUT News

Kate is the education reporter at KUT, covering the Austin Independent School District, public, and higher education in Texas. She got her public radio start at Fordham University's WFUV. Her voice has been heard on the East and West coasts as a reporter and producer for WNYC and KUNR in Reno, Nevada. She has also appeared on NPR's Morning Edition,  All Things Considered, The Takeaway  and more. In her spare time, Kate enjoys discovering new music, traveling and trying local beers. 

The Texas State Board of Education formally rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook Friday. The vote came after months of protests from historians, teachers, and lawmakers.
The unanimous rejection came with no discussion from board members. But the book, called Mexican American Heritage, had been in the spotlight for months. Dozens of historians, lawmakers and educators criticized the book for factual errors—and for promoting stereotypes of Mexican people. After the...

Ella is 14 years old. She loves theater and clothes. She's smart, too. She was on the Kealing Middle School quiz bowl team, an academic quiz like "Jeopardy." She was also accepted into the Austin ISD’s best high school next year: the Liberal Arts and Science Academy.

The Texas Lottery Commission says, since 1992, it has put $24 billion toward state programs – primarily education. With tonight’s Powerball jackpot up to a record $1.5 billion, let’s take a look at whether that means more money for public schools.