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How Sequestration Could Affect Texas Classrooms

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Budget cuts, Cliburn tributes from the four corners, and more.

The automatic spending cuts scheduled for Friday – save intervention from Congress – would dent federally-funded education programs like Title 1 (mostly special-ed focused) and Head Start.  

Don Schmidt is the assistant superintendent for student, family and community services at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, and spells out how losing vital support and aide positions would affect Texas classrooms for The Takeaway.

  • Tributes to world-famous Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn came from the likes of Mia Farrow and Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times upon news of his death Wednesday at age 78 after a battle with bone cancer. Texas Monthly looked closely at Cliburn as a Baptist and a Texan, from the town of Kilgore. Cliburn’s funeral is at Fort Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church on Sunday, KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports

  • We have more than a few retrospectives in honor of the ‘American Sputnik’ on various channels: An eight-minute-long obituary by Bill Zeeble, with sweeping selections from Cliburn’s body of work; a KERA documentary The Cliburn: 50 Years Of Gold, which airs Friday at 9 p.m. on Channel 13; a report from Cliburn’s surprise public appearance – which would be his last –  at Bass Hall in Fort Worth for the 50th Anniversary Cliburn Competition Gold Medalists Concert, with heartfelt words from Russian pianist and 2005 winner Alexander Kobrin and other fans. Remembering Van Cliburn, a one-hour special program presented by Art&Seek and hosted by Quin Mathews and Sharon Benge will pre-empt Travel with Rick Steves on KERA 90.1 Saturday at 2 p.m.


  • Remember when Lancaster met another tornado in April? This photo might bring it back. Ruiz de Valasco of Dallas took it, and Time named the shot one of the magazine’s Best Photos Of 2012