Stella M. Chávez http://keranews.org en Dallas' Homeless Getting Keys To A Better Future http://keranews.org/post/dallas-homeless-getting-keys-better-future <p></p><p></p><p>Chronic homelessness can seem unsolvable. People bounce around from the street to jail to hospitals and back to the street. On Thursday, ground was broken on an $8 million dollar effort to stop that cycle in southern Dallas. It's called the <a href="http://www.contects.com/projects/cottages-hickory-crossing?bc=list">Cottages at Hickory Crossing</a>.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:33:45 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 48221 at http://keranews.org Dallas' Homeless Getting Keys To A Better Future Class of '17: Dealing With Depression, And Finding An Outlet http://keranews.org/post/class-17-dealing-depression-and-finding-outlet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One in 10 adolescents suffers from depression by age 18. It’s something that one of the members of</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://education.kera.org/tag/class-of-17-2/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> KERA's Class of '17 </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is wrestling with. The series is part of a nationwide public broadcasting initiative called </span><a href="http://www.kera.org/graduate/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">American Graduate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. This week, we check back in with Cedar Hill ninth grader </span><a data-mce-="" href="http://education.kera.org/meet-the-class-of-17-determined-not-to-stay-on-the-sidelines/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Phantasia Chavers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:59:22 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 47800 at http://keranews.org Class of '17: Dealing With Depression, And Finding An Outlet Garland ISD Accuses Former Official Of Profiting From Foreign Teacher Visa Program http://keranews.org/post/garland-isd-accuses-former-official-profiting-foreign-teacher-visa-program <p>More than 600 teachers on H1-B visas were hired to work in the Garland school district during a 10-year period. In that time, the district says the former head of human resources, Victor Leos, pocketed fees and took numerous all-expenses paid recruiting trips to the Philippines.</p><p>District officials and a law firm working with the district revealed those findings Tuesday. <a href="http://keranews.org/post/their-visas-expire-nearly-two-dozen-garland-teachers-face-deportation">Some of the teachers who were recruited face deportation when their visas expire in a few months.</a></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:56:19 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 47730 at http://keranews.org Garland ISD Accuses Former Official Of Profiting From Foreign Teacher Visa Program As Their Visas Expire, Nearly Two Dozen Garland Teachers Face Deportation http://keranews.org/post/their-visas-expire-nearly-two-dozen-garland-teachers-face-deportation <p>Nearly two dozen teachers from other countries in the Garland Independent School District are on the verge of losing their jobs and getting deported. They say they didn’t do anything wrong. Their visas are about to expire and federal officials are investigating.</p><p>Bernardo Montes Rodriguez came to the U.S. from Colombia 10 years ago. He started out as a teacher in New Jersey before landing a job teaching third-graders at Hillside Academy in Garland. He thought he’d be on a path to permanent residency by now.</p><p>Instead, he’s one of 23 teachers who face deportation when their visas expire. He says the district mishandled their case, which the Department of Homeland Security is investigating.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:29:20 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 47521 at http://keranews.org As Their Visas Expire, Nearly Two Dozen Garland Teachers Face Deportation Major Cracks In $60 Million Stadium ‘Not A Black Eye For Allen ISD,’ New Superintendent Says http://keranews.org/post/major-cracks-60-million-stadium-not-black-eye-allen-isd-new-superintendent-says <p>The $60 million football stadium that opened two years ago to nationwide attention was closed indefinitely in February <a href="http://keranews.org/post/allen-isd-shutting-down-its-60-million-stadium-due-concrete-cracks">due to major cracks in the concrete. </a></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:24:09 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 47456 at http://keranews.org Major Cracks In $60 Million Stadium ‘Not A Black Eye For Allen ISD,’ New Superintendent Says When The Country Thinks Of Dallas, Big Steaks, Ranchers, Cowboys And Hair Come To Mind http://keranews.org/post/when-country-thinks-dallas-big-steaks-ranchers-cowboys-and-hair-come-mind <p>What does the country think of Dallas?</p><p>(And, this being Dallas, we really do care what the rest of the country thinks of us. We might say we don’t care. But, deep down, we do.)</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/31/297315125/in-the-midst-of-a-boom-dallas-outgrows-some-old-notions">NPR journalists went to a Metro subway stop in Washington, D.C., </a>where they saw a pair of posters “tempting passengers with images of a cosmopolitan city, an upscale arts district, a modern sports stadium.”</p><p>The poster's slogan is "Dallas: Big Things Happen Here." The reaction?</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:55:53 +0000 Eric Aasen & Stella M. Chávez 47397 at http://keranews.org When The Country Thinks Of Dallas, Big Steaks, Ranchers, Cowboys And Hair Come To Mind Quit School? That’s Not An Option For This Dallas High Schooler http://keranews.org/post/quit-school-s-not-option-dallas-high-schooler <p>Ninth-grader Joel Luera is a smart kid in a tough neighborhood. Sometimes other kids don’t get why he’s so studious. He loves to read – so much that <a href="http://education.kera.org/boys-can-be-bookish-too/">he’s in a book club</a> at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas.</p><p>Joel is the latest kid to join <a href="http://education.kera.org/tag/class-of-17-2/">KERA’s series Class of '17</a> – a five-year project following a group of North Texas students from 8th grade to graduation. It’s part of the national public media initiative <a href="http://www.americangraduate.org/">American Graduate.</a></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 47060 at http://keranews.org Quit School? That’s Not An Option For This Dallas High Schooler Victory Park Lockdown Lifted As Armed Suspect Is Taken Into Custody And Evaluated http://keranews.org/post/victory-park-lockdown-lifted-armed-suspect-taken-custody-and-evaluated <p><strong>Update, 3:51 p.m.:</strong> During a press conference, Dallas police didn't release many details about the suspect who barricaded himself in a Victory Park apartment, but they say no criminal charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon. They say the man was under distress, but "can't definitively say" what led to his actions earlier today. He is being evaluated.</p><p>The suspect used a handgun, but it hadn't been recovered as of the press conference. He shot out a window, which could have been dangerous to people below. Investigators were still in the apartment Tuesday afternoon.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:19:06 +0000 Stella M. Chávez & Eric Aasen 46996 at http://keranews.org Victory Park Lockdown Lifted As Armed Suspect Is Taken Into Custody And Evaluated New Language Center Will Assist Immigrant Families In Grapevine-Colleyville District http://keranews.org/post/new-language-center-will-assist-immigrant-families-grapevine-colleyville-district <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7be15dab-d686-505b-c465-4ecaec174caa"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">When families arrive from another country, school districts have to determine a student’s home language and explain to parents how the school system here works. We look at how one suburban school district is opening a center similar to those found in larger, urban districts.</span></span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:54:06 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 46663 at http://keranews.org New Language Center Will Assist Immigrant Families In Grapevine-Colleyville District Allen High School Graduation Moving To American Airlines Center http://keranews.org/post/allen-high-school-graduation-moving-american-airlines-center <p>Allen school district officials say the high school graduation ceremony scheduled for early June is <a href="http://www.allenisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&amp;DomainID=1&amp;ModuleInstanceID=5753&amp;ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&amp;RenderLoc=0&amp;FlexDataID=60464&amp;PageID=1" target="_blank">moving to the American Airlines Center</a> in Dallas.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:33:17 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 46507 at http://keranews.org