The top local stories this evening from KERA News:
Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner spent Friday promoting two bond packages that voters will consider next month.
On the ballot: a $750 million bond proposal and something called a "2-penny swap." That would add another $23 million to the district's bank account. Scribner says neither bond package would change the property tax rate. He says some schools are bursting at the seams. The lion's share of the $750-million package would be used to upgrade and modernize buildings and instruction materials.
The superintendent also pushed Fort Worth's literacy program called 100-by-25. It's goal is to get 100 percent of third graders to read at grade level by the year 2025. Not too long ago, not even 30 percent could read at grade level, Scribner said.
Other stories this evening:
- Florence Shapiro is best known for her long career as a Texas Senator. After leaving the legislature in 2013, she became Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. The new museum broke ground Tuesday, just blocks from the original Holocaust Museum. In our weekly State of the Arts conversation, Anne Bothwell, KERA’s Vice President of Arts, sat down with Shapiro to discuss her deeply personal connection to the project.
- When most of us think of addiction, we think of nicotine, alcohol and drugs. Endocrinologist Robert Lustig, though, thinks we should add another staple to that list - sugar. On Think, he talked with Krys Boyd about how Americans got so hooked on sugar in the first place.
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