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Stella M. Chávez


Stella Chávez is KERA’s education reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35. The award-winning entry was  “Yolanda’s Crossing,” a seven-part DMN series she co-wrote that reconstructs the 5,000-mile journey of a young Mexican sexual-abuse victim from a small Oaxacan village to Dallas. For the last two years, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was part of the agency’s outreach efforts on the Affordable Care Act and ran the regional office’s social media efforts.

Ways to Connect

The Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Southern Methodist University has been suspended for two years from campus. The suspension comes after the alleged assault of a member of another faternity at the Sigma Phi house.

Parents, students and teachers in Fort Worth ISD can now stay digitally connected with the district and its schools. The district has launched a new free mobile app for smartphones.


Update: Cause Of Death

The Dallas County medical examiner's office on Friday ruled the Mount Auburn Elementary School student's death accidental due to food asphyxia. The boy has been identified as Manny Ramirez.

Our Original Post: 

A four-year-old boy died Thursday morning after choking on his lunch at school.

In these cash-strapped times, education officials are looking for ways to spend less money. But how to do that and serve kids their daily dose of green beans or other veggies? School districts in five states, including the Dallas Independent School District, have decided to team up to share their lunch menus.

A new study of middle school students found differences in academic performance and social behavior between kids who dated and those who had a less active dating life. Pamela Orpinas, a professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia, studied a group of 624 students from sixth to 12th grade over a seven-year period.