The Playlist: Change Your Mind

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst with Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie during a press conference on Feb. 7, 2013
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst with Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie during a press conference on Feb. 7, 2013

The strong message sent by Texas lawmakers to UT System regents about their plan to pay for an external review of UT-Austin is summed up in the first song on this week's news-based playlist: Sister Hazel's "Change Your Mind."

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/25/13

Tribweek 03 25 2013
Tribweek 03 25 2013

Aaronson on a new front in the war over abortion, Aguilar on narco cinema, Batheja on budget riders, Galbraith and Henry of StateImpact Texas on fracking and wastewater wells, Grissom on the Norwood verdict, Hamilton on the Texas Senate vs. the UT regents, Murphy and Galbraith update their app tracking Texas reservoir levels, Ramsey on the battle of St. Augustine, Ramshaw on bipartisan support for transparency, Rocha on a state lawmaker's arrest, my sit-down with the UT and A&M system chancellors and M. Smith on the passage of sweeping education legislation: The best of our best content from March 25-29, 2013.

Pitts Amendments Would Limit Authority of UT Regents

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, moves away from the podium after moving to briefly postpone discussion on SB1 the budget bill on June 9, 2011.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, moves away from the podium after moving to briefly postpone discussion on SB1 the budget bill on June 9, 2011.

Multiple amendments to the budget pre-filed by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, would limit the spending authority of the University of Texas System regents.

Legislature to Mull Mental Health Training for Teachers

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Mental health rally at the Texas Capitol organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, on Feb. 28, 2013.
Mental health rally at the Texas Capitol organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, on Feb. 28, 2013.

State Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, has filed legislation that would encourage Texas educators to learn how to help the state's estimated 1 million public school students struggling with mental illnesses.

Graduation Reforms Stir Debate Among Education Experts

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Students entering the classroom at Yes Prep, a public charter school system with 11 campuses serving 7000 students in low income areas of Houston.
Students entering the classroom at Yes Prep, a public charter school system with 11 campuses serving 7000 students in low income areas of Houston.

The state House this week passed legislation that would alter the courses students must take to receive a high school diploma. The bill has drawn mixed reactions from education experts, some of whom are worried about the effects on minority students.

Narco Cinema Finds Growing Audience in Austin

Low-budget movies about narcos, or Mexican drug dealers, are displayed on a shelf in Video Mexico, a video rental store in Austin.
Low-budget movies about narcos, or Mexican drug dealers, are displayed on a shelf in Video Mexico, a video rental store in Austin.

Austin has become a growing market for Mexican narco cinema, hastily made films inspired by the cartels. The videos are popular in Austin partly because of the city's increasing population of Hispanic immigrants and Texas’ proximity to Mexico, where the movies are made.

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