The following story will move Saturday as this week’s Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
AUSTIN, Texas _ Rattled by a dreadful midterm election for Republicans — and looking ahead to 2020 — conservative-leaning states including Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina are pouring new money into schools. And to ensure it doesn’t go unnoticed, Republicans are making a show of a renewed commitment to public classrooms, courting voters turned off by years of cost-cutting that catered to the party’s base. By Paul J. Weber. UPCOMING: 800 words by 10 a.m. Eastern, photos.