Education http://keranews.org en Dallas Back To School Fair Draws 35,000 http://keranews.org/post/dallas-back-school-fair-draws-35000 <p>With the first day of school in Dallas a little more than three weeks away, thousands of kids and their parents flocked to the city’s annual Mayor's Back to School Fair today. They were lured to Fair Park by free backpacks (filled with supplies), health checks, and a good time.</p><p> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:25:13 +0000 Bill Zeeble 53492 at http://keranews.org Dallas Back To School Fair Draws 35,000 Free School Supplies, Health Checks Friday At Dallas Mayor's Back To School Fair http://keranews.org/post/free-school-supplies-health-checks-friday-dallas-mayors-back-school-fair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Free school supplies will be handed out at the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 18th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas. It opens at 8 a.m. Friday in Fair Park.</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Bill Zeeble 53426 at http://keranews.org Free School Supplies, Health Checks Friday At Dallas Mayor's Back To School Fair Young Mariachis Learn To Sing And Play From The Pros At Summer Camp http://keranews.org/post/young-mariachis-learn-sing-and-play-pros-summer-camp <p>Mariachi music has a long history, dating back to 18<sup>th</sup> century Mexico. How do you get the younger generation interested in this old tradition of guitar strumming, violin playing and passionate singing? We checked out a <a href="http://news.unt.edu/news-releases/young-mariachis-learn-grammy-nominated-musicians-unt-mariachi-aguilitas-summer-camp" target="_blank">mariachi summer camp for middle and high school</a> kids at the University of North Texas at Denton.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:56:41 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 53099 at http://keranews.org Young Mariachis Learn To Sing And Play From The Pros At Summer Camp Clock Is Ticking On Dallas School Home-Rule Charter For November Ballot http://keranews.org/post/clock-ticking-dallas-school-home-rule-charter-november-ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than a month ago, a committee was appointed to rewrite the Dallas school system’s charter under the controversial home-rule process. The panel has to finish that charter by mid-August to get it on the ballot this November. That seems unlikely -- and there could be consequences.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:39:36 +0000 Bill Zeeble 53034 at http://keranews.org Clock Is Ticking On Dallas School Home-Rule Charter For November Ballot Little Free Libraries Show The Power Of A Box Of Books http://keranews.org/post/little-free-libraries-show-power-box-books <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No late fees, no due dates and no shushing librarians. Those are just some of the perks of the Little Free Libraries program. Several of them are popping up in neighborhoods across Dallas this summer.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Courtney Collins 50497 at http://keranews.org Little Free Libraries Show The Power Of A Box Of Books Pilot Project Will Teach Fort Worth Pre-K Kids How To Tackle Stress http://keranews.org/post/pilot-project-will-teach-fort-worth-pre-k-kids-how-tackle-stress <p>Here’s a question. Do you know the difference between your amygdala and the hippocampus? There’s a group of 3 year olds in Oak Cliff who do. And soon, pre-K children in Fort Worth may know, too. <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.fwisd.org/pages/FWISD/News/Momentous_Institute_and_FWISD_" target="_blank">The district</a> is teaming up with <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.salesmanshipclub.org/youth-family-centers/" target="_blank">Momentous Institute</a> in a new partnership aimed at teaching young children how to take care of their social and emotional health.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:33 +0000 Stella M. Chávez 52933 at http://keranews.org Pilot Project Will Teach Fort Worth Pre-K Kids How To Tackle Stress Dallas School Board Extends Contract of Superintendent Mike Miles http://keranews.org/post/dallas-school-board-extends-contract-superintendent-mike-miles <p>Early this morning, the Dallas school board voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Miles through July 1st, 2017. Miles won't get a raise but will now be allowed to consult.&nbsp; The closed session lasting nine hours may have set a Dallas school district record. It began a little past 5:30 p.m. Monday and trustees didn't emerge until almost 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. They then had an additional hour of open discussion.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:56:12 +0000 Bill Zeeble 52921 at http://keranews.org Dallas School Board Extends Contract of Superintendent Mike Miles Prime Prep's Chances of Beating Odds Not Good Says State http://keranews.org/post/prime-preps-chances-beating-odds-not-good-says-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s </span>4th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and long for </span>Deion<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sanders’ Prime Prep charter schools, after the state moved this week to shut it down.&nbsp; Over the years,&nbsp;Prime Prep’s gotten bad press for public fights between co-founders, the possible illegal transfer of student athletes, and alleged governance violations. But&nbsp;what caused the TEA’s announcement is school </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">lunches.</em></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:59:29 +0000 Bill Zeeble 52684 at http://keranews.org Prime Prep's Chances of Beating Odds Not Good Says State Jerry Harris, "Class of 17," Lives Two Different Lives http://keranews.org/post/jerry-harris-class-17-lives-two-different-lives <p>Jerry Harris lives two different lives. His parents are divorced, and he spent the past school year with dad in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This summer, he’s with mom and sister in Coppell. We catch up with Jerry, a member of KERA’s Class of ’17.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:05:09 +0000 Bill Zeeble 52619 at http://keranews.org Jerry Harris, "Class of 17," Lives Two Different Lives PBS Asks: Are Baton Rouge Schools 'Separate And Unequal'? We Look At North Texas http://keranews.org/post/pbs-asks-are-baton-rouge-schools-separate-and-unequal-we-look-north-texas <p>Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court said racially divided schools were unconstitutional, a curious thing has happened. Many school systems are more segregated than ever, but in a completely different way.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, PBS Frontline takes a look at this phenomenon in Baton Rouge, La., in a documentary called <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/separate-and-unequal/">Separate and Unequal</a>. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What about the numbers in North Texas?</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Zeeble 52550 at http://keranews.org PBS Asks: Are Baton Rouge Schools 'Separate And Unequal'? We Look At North Texas