1. I wrote today of the Education and Culture Wars in Texas , the effort to control what can be taught and what books can be read. I reported in a half dozen cities and towns. But all my work rested on a fine foundation of reporting by Texas reporters #Thread
2. @Mike_Hixenbaugh and @NBCNews have broken story after revealing story on the Battle over Books and Curriculum, particularly in Southlake, a tiny suburb north of Dallas: nbcnews.com/southlake-podc…
3. Ariana García, @Ariana_noGrande an education writer with the @HoustonChron write an excellent piece on a courageous school librarian in San Antonio named Carrie Damon. I spoke at length with Ms Damon: google.com/amp/s/www.chro…
4. I read deeply in the excellent @TexasTribune , a non profit that is relentless on policy and the Texas statehouse . So too @TexasMonthly and the San Antonio @ExpressNews
5. And then there are the vigorous tough minded opinion pages, tough Texans. So the Houston Chronicle @ChronOpinion writes: houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editor…
6. All of which I drew upon even as I added lots of my own reporting and, I hope, thinking: houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editor…
7. This is a long winded way of saying if you care about the nation and want to learn and think and probe in these tough times, the foundation is courageous local and state reporting. Please pay for and patronize it

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