American Graduate: Education

Scroll down to catch up on the latest education coverage from KERA. Also, check out our special series, American Graduate: Generation One, about how schools are educating students who are immigrants or the children of immigrants. KERA's ongoing American Graduate initiative charts the journey from childhood to graduation.

Dianna Douglas

Thousands of students in North Texas are just one or two tests away from graduating high school. This year’s seniors are the first to have to pass five STAAR tests. So many haven’t passed, that Gov. Greg Abbott just signed a law giving those students a loophole.

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Tuesdays are when KERA’s American Graduate project charts the journey from childhood to graduation. Today, we chart a different sort of journey – the one Dinesh Mali made from childhood in India to his spot as the first Indian-American elected to the Irving school board.

Christina Ulsh

The University of North Texas had a campus-wide commencement over the weekend – a first for the school in Denton. The keynote speaker, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, ignored a few protestors and stayed focused on the graduates in his speech.

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When Fort Worth voters head to the polls on Saturday, the school board ballot will have a range of familiar faces and newcomers. One of those political newcomers is a principal – in Dallas.

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There’s a new after-school club in the Denton school district where kids can play computer games. But they’re not just staring like zombies into screens. This is also an introduction to computer coding. The goal is for kids to learn while having fun.

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The Dallas school board decided to keep Superintendent Mike Miles in a late-night vote Friday. It sent him a “letter of concern” instead. Several trustees who once backed Miles say they now want a succession plan so he’s replaced with as little disruption as possible.

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North Lake College in Irving is home to hundreds of Nepali students, and they're feeling the impact of last week's earthquake.

New College Rankings Put Some Dark Horses At The Top

May 1, 2015
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A new college ranking from the Brookings Institution has some surprising results—Rice and St. Mary’s in Texas are way above Northeastern elites like Dartmouth and Wellesley. The ranking is based on how much of an income boost you should get from college, versus what you actually get.  

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On Friday at 4 p.m., Dallas school board members will meet to decide the future of superintendent Mike Miles.

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Texas health officials recently made a change to doctor reimbursements that hasn’t gotten much notice. They’ve made it a little easier for low-income women and girls to get IUDs. Many health professionals see these contraceptives as the best way to stop unintended pregnancies. But many teens are skeptical.

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