Ryan Poppe

News Reporter - Capitol

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.

Eventually converting into an on-air reporter, Ryan has covered topics ranging from crime to the political process at the state capitol.

Ryan and his wife Mary own a home in Leander. He enjoys spending time at many of areas parks and outdoor spots with his son Luke and listening to live music at some of Austin jazz and reggae hotspots.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from Jamaican to North African fare to modern Thai-cuisine.

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State lawmakers are hearing from the families of children with disabilities.  Families are worried some lawmakers want to cut the rates paid to therapists and now that service may be lost.

Boerne grandmother Bonnie Franzen says it’s expensive to care for children like her grandson who was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus at birth.  

“They’ll have hearing loss or total deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, organ issues, you name it, it affects them," Franzen explains.

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A school choice program under judicial review in Nevada is also one being considered by Texas lawmakers.  Education leaders are learning about education savings accounts and how they would benefit the state.

 

 

 

According to Nevada State Sen. Scott Hammond, the author of his state’s 2015 “school choice” law, education savings accounts allow parents to save for the cost of their child’s education.  The state transfers 90-percent of the funds the child’s school district would’ve received from the state into that parent’s education savings account. 

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State Board of Education members on Tuesday heard public comment about a controversial textbook meant for the Mexican-American Studies course in Texas schools.  It’s being called a racist text filled with over 141 factual errors and where depictions of Mexicans range from lazy to drunkards.

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A group of education non-profits, religious leaders, and state lawmakers take aim at an effort in the Texas Legislature to rebrand the term school voucher with terms like, “Public Education Savings Accounts.”  But the school choice advocates say they’re only trying to bring more educational opportunities to more Texas children.

For state Sen. Jose Menendez, a Democrat from San Antonio, a school voucher by any other name is still a voucher.  Menendez is part of a group formed ahead of the 2017 legislation session called the Texas Coalition of Public Schools. 

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A South Texas lawmaker vows to make fantasy football legal in Texas once again.  State Rep. Richard Raymond aims to reverse the Texas Attorney General’s opinion in 2017.

At the beginning of this year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that fantasy football sites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings were, in his legal opinion, illegal gambling sites, because the game involved chance and the house always took a cut of the money.

But Laredo Democratic State Rep. Richard Raymond says these games are more about “skill” than they are “chance.”

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