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Top Stories: Software Glitch Caused Tarrant School Districts To Lose Millions

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Tarrant County school districts say they’ve lost millions of dollars in revenue because of a software glitch.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Tarrant Appraisal District had computer problems after switching to new software. That switch prevented the district from accurately appraising some properties last year.

Texas public schools rely heavily on property tax revenue for funding. Some districts said they had to eliminate positions or couldn’t hire teachers because of the shortfall.

Other stories this morning:

  • Governor Greg Abbott has dismissed President Obama’s recent criticisms of Texas voter laws. At SXSW in Austin Friday, Obama said Texas lawmakers are partly to blame for low voter turnout in the state.
  • Five more states are holding primaries today in what’s known as “Mega Tuesday.” KERA will have live coverage of the results tonight beginning at 7.
  • When kids act up at school, they’re often sent to the principal’s office or suspended. However, one school in Dallas is trying a different method, called restorative discipline.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.