Top Stories: Five Dallas ISD Schools Face Possible Closures; Dallas Mayor Gets Arts Honor | KERA News

Top Stories: Five Dallas ISD Schools Face Possible Closures; Dallas Mayor Gets Arts Honor

Jan 26, 2018

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The Dallas school board last night voted to potentially close five schools.

The Texas Education Agency has given “Improvement Required” ratings to Titche Elementary, Edison Middle School and Carr Elementary for five straight years. Another failing rating for any of those schools would trigger a possible state takeover of the entire district.

If Edison passes this year’s state test, the middle school will relocate into nearby Pinkston High School, but keep its name. If it fails, the move will still happen, and the high school will become a 7th through 12th grade school.

J.W. Ray Learning Center and Kennedy Learning Center will close. Students will attend Cesar Chavez Learning Center. 

Other stories this morning:

  • The stakes have been raised in the state’s primary election in March, with the lawsuit in Dallas County to remove more than 120 Democratic candidates from the ballot. UT Arlington political scientist Rebecca Deen talks about the implications.
  • Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will pick up an award today from Americans For the Arts for his work championing local arts.

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