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School dropout rate amid COVID, and Texas AG candidate Rochelle Garza (Oct. 4, 2022)

On Tuesday’s show: State numbers paint a picture of how many students dropped out of school during the worst of the pandemic. And we continue our series of interviews with candidates on the ballot on Election Day with Rochelle Garza, candidate for Texas Attorney General.

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On Tuesday’s show: Nearly 50,000 more Texas students dropped out of school during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020-2021 school year compared to the year before, according to new analysis of state data from the Houston Chronicle. Reporter Hannah Dellinger gives us the details.

Also this hour: We continue our series of interviews with candidates in some of the key races around Texas and Greater Houston that are on the ballot on Election Day. Today, we talk with Rochelle Garza, candidate for Texas Attorney General.

Then, the NPR culture program It’s Been a Minute recently announced Brittany Luse as its new host. We talk with her about the show and her new role, which she begins this weekend.

And comedian Sheng Wang talks about his career, his latest Netflix special, and about growing up in Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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