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North Texas Students Hash Out School Finance with Officials

By Marla Crockett, KERA 90.1 Reporter

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North Texas Students Hash Out School Finance with Officials

Dallas, TX –

School finance reform may be the toughest issue before state lawmakers this session. Largely absent from the debate has been a key stakeholder: students. But this semester, around 2,000 students in 19 area schools have been studying the problem as part of a KERA-led project called "North Texas Student Voices," funded by a grant from the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The overall goals of Annenberg's national Student Voices program are to increase high schoolers' civic awareness and participation. On Saturday, April 2, about 40 students from different districts met to talk to each other about what they've learned - and then took their concerns to four area school officials: Richardson School Board president Anne Foster, DISD school board member Nancy Bingham, Garland board member Linda Griffin, and Lancaster Superintendent, Dr. Larry Lewis. Paige Campbell and Aaron Vera from Irving, Jarvis Bonner from Dallas, and Chris Parker from Richardson represented the students.

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