American Graduate: Education

Sierra Mickell studies at McKinney North High School
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KERA's ongoing American Graduate initiative charts the journey from childhood to graduation. Also, dig into our special American Graduate series: 

  • Generation One: In Texas one in three children has a parent who's an immigrant -- or their immigrants themselves. They have to learn a new language, adapt to a different culture and try to fit into a community that may not embrace newcomers. Follow these first-generation Texans and the educators weaving them into the American tapestry.
  • Homeless In High School:For many teens, graduating from high school is tough enough. Try doing all that reading, homework and studying when you don't have a place to live. Meet some the 110,000 homeless students who attend Texas public schools -- and the people helping them out.
  • What's Next For The Class Of '17?:  KERA has been following a group of kids from across North Texas since eighth grade. Now they're juniors -- and the decisions they're making will shape their futures.
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It’s the first week of school in many districts across North Texas, and students are returning to the classroom after a summer of racial turmoil in America and police shootings in Dallas. 

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In this series, The First Week, KERA's reporters are listening in on the conversations about race happening in and around North Texas schools. Today, what students are saying about the violence this summer: police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and a gunman's July ambush that killed five law officers in downtown Dallas.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Over the next five days, in a series called "The First Week," we’ll listen in on the conversations students, parents, educators and police officers are having after a summer of racial turmoil in the U.S. and police shootings in Dallas. First, we look at race through the perspective of a black family in Arlington.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The Dallas school board Thursday night voted against putting a tax ratification election before voters this fall. 

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Hate tests? The Dallas school district has some good news for you. This summer, the district announced it’s going to nix one-third of its assessments. 

Dallas Independent School District

Nearly 94 percent of districts and around 88 percent of public schools in Texas have met minimum education standards in the final year before shifting to an A-F letter grade accountability system.

UNT Dallas College of Law

The University of North Texas at Dallas has been trying to build a different kind of law school -- one that’s more affordable and targets diverse and non-traditional students. 

Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University School of Law

Two North Texas universities recently decided to no longer enroll new students in their evening law school programs.

UNT Dallas

The UNT Dallas law school program is in jeopardy of not receiving accreditation from the American Bar Association. 

For a moment, let's pretend.

That everything you know about America's public education system — the bitter politics and arcane funding policies, the rules and countless reasons our schools work (or don't) the way they do — is suddenly negotiable.

Pretend the obstacles to change have melted like butter on hot blacktop.

Now ask yourself: What could — and should — we do differently?

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