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Marcelo Cavazos, the man who leads Arlington’s schools system, was named Texas Superintendent of the Year this afternoon. The honor came at the annual Texas Association of School Boards conference in Houston – and it includes a $5,000 prize. The five finalists also included another North Texan, DeSoto superintendent David Harris.

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With a new school superintendent taking over this fall in Houston, every one of Texas’ eight largest cities now has a Latino running the school district. That’s a big deal in a state with a surging Hispanic population and a history of political underrepresentation. In the first chapter of a statewide collaborative series, KERA digs into the implications for students, schools and the politics of education.

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North Texas school districts have new calendar options, courtesy of the Texas Legislature. Some schools are lengthening days to make up for possible bad weather cancellations. Others are waiting and watching.

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Students at Bowie High School in Arlington are learning how to fix band instruments. It might be the first high school program of its kind in the country. 

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In the Arlington school district, 20 percent of graduating seniors and as many as 27 percent of Hispanic graduates in the Arlington school district don’t apply to college. That startling number is why the district has been partnering with local universities to ensure more students move beyond high school. The latest effort is with the University of North Texas.

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Two minutes. That’s all the time you need to teach your child something new.

That’s the idea behind a series of instructional videos several North Texas school districts are offering parents. This new tool, called ReadyRosie, is getting preschool kids ready for the classroom.

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Within weeks some 1500 high school sophomores in the Arlington school district will receive letters telling them their admission to the University of Texas in Arlington is guaranteed, even though they have two more years of high school to complete.

This is the Ultimate High School Prank. In November 1963, Fort Worth’s Paschal High School students and alumni conducted an elaborate attack on an Arlington Heights High School spirit rally at Benbrook Lake. They used lead pipes, whips and Molotov cocktails on the crowd. An alum flew a plane over the crowd, dropping rolls of school-color purple-and-white toilet paper. A 1948 sedan covered in gasoline-soaked mattresses was set afire. Nearly 50 people were arrested. Even President John F. Kennedy mentioned the Paschal prank during his fateful visit to Dallas. On Saturday, Paschal’s band will commemorate the prank with the Heights band and perform a neighborhood concert, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Stephen Paulsen, 54, resigned as principal of Arlington's Morton Elementary School after his arrest in Florida
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  An Arlington elementary school principal was arrested on Tuesday in Boynton Beach, Fla., on charges of soliciting sex from an undercover officer posing as a teenage boy online. WFAA reports that Stephen A. Paulsen, 54, resigned as principal of Morton Elementary School the next day.

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State lawmakers are preparing to file a slew of bills that could change the way students are tested and the way school districts are graded. The lightening rod is the new STAAR end-of-course exams. As part of KERA’s American Graduate program, we visited the Arlington school district where there’s a loud cry for reform.

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As of 12:36 pm, Arlington police ended a lockdown at Lamar High School, finding nothing to confirm earlier reports of a gun possibly brought to the campus by a student.