Texas Education Agency

Ryan E. Poppe

According to the Texas Education Agency and data compiled by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the state as a whole does not have a shortage of teachers, but for many school districts, finding educators that can teach English as a second language or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs can be a real challenge.

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.

By now, we've all heard about how body cameras could prevent more police violence, or at least catch it in the act. But what about cameras to protect special-needs kids from their own teachers — and the teachers themselves from false accusations?

It'll be a reality soon in Texas. The Lone Star State passed a law in June that made it the first in the nation to make it mandatory for schools — if asked to do so — to videotape interactions between teachers and their special-needs students.

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Earlier this month, the Texas Education Agency cited South San Antonio Independent School District with several violations surrounding the district's governance of its finances. The district was accused by elected officials and citizens of, among other things, mismanaging funds and violating procurement laws.

Officially, the U.S. has a high school graduation rate of 81 percent — a historic high.

But our months-long investigation, in partnership with reporters at 14 member stations, reveals that this number should be taken with a big grain of salt. We found states, cities and districts pursuing a range of strategies to improve the grad rate: