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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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U.S. Department of Education officials want to hear from Texas families and students on getting access to special education services. The two-hour sessions are scheduled to begin Dec. 12.

Educators Say Parental Rights Bill Could Harm Trust With Students

Nov 30, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

A state senator’s bid to expand parental rights to information about their students is drawing spirited criticism from educators and LGBT activists who argue it does not protect students at risk of abuse if teachers or school officials out them to their families.

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In the 10 days after the election of Donald Trump, nearly 900 incidents of harassment and intimidation were reported around the country. And in a new nationwide survey, educators report the election results have had a negative impact on students.

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Dallas school and county leaders have unveiled truancy reforms aimed at keeping more kids in class.

Nawal Rahman

A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals that nearly 900 incidents of hate have been reported since Election Day. Many of them have been in schools. KERA talked with a Muslim student in North Texas who’s trying to help others who are worried about problems on campus.

More Money, Certainty Needed To Upgrade Pre-K, Study Finds

Nov 25, 2016
Robert W. Hart

If state lawmakers want to upgrade pre-K programs in Texas schools they need to kick in more money and make a longer-term commitment, according to an early report card on a new state grant program aimed at bolstering early education.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Most kids in Dallas schools get free breakfast and lunch on campus every school day. So what happens when Dallas schools are closed all week for the Thanksgiving break?  

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Imagine coming to this country and not knowing how to speak the language. More than 7,800 refugees came to Texas during the 2016 fiscal year, and many of them didn’t know English. 

UNT Dallas Law School Gets Second Chance To Earn Accreditation

Nov 16, 2016

The University of North Texas at Dallas' law school will get a second chance to earn the accreditation that would allow its graduates to practice law in the state, the school learned Wednesday. 

Texas State Board Of Education Rejects Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Nov 16, 2016
Laura Skelding for The Texas Tribune

The State Board of Education voted 14-0 Wednesday to deny the adoption of a Mexican-American studies textbook decried by opponents as racist and inaccurate.

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