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Two weeks from today, Dallas voters decide on a $1.6 billion school bond package. KERA is exploring what opponents and supporters are saying about the record-setting proposal.

As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, we dig into the $1.6 billion bond issue that Dallas voters will decide on November 3. First, we look at what exactly is in the package -- new schools, expanded cafeterias and a lot of new technology. 

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School bond packages usually sail through with little opposition. On Monday, the first day of early voting, a coalition of groups took issue with Dallas ISD's $1.6 billion bond package on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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Dallas school board trustees hired Michael Hinojosa as superintendent Tuesday night. This is his second time in the top spot. Hinojosa led the district for six years, leaving in 2011.

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It’s official. Interim Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is 21 days away from becoming the district’s permanent leader again. The state requires that waiting period. Trustees voted 8 to 1 to make him the lone candidate for the job. 

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This afternoon, the Dallas school board is expected to name interim superintendent Michael Hinojosa the lone finalist to be the permanent school leader. He already had the job for six years before he left in 2011.  Trustees who served when he was here offer their take on Michael Hinojosa 2.0.

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Dallas school board members will discuss their superintendent search options this afternoon. One of those options could make interim superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s position permanent.  

Dora Rivas made national headlines for her efforts to transform the school lunch menu. Under her watch as executive director of Food and Child Nutrition Services in Dallas ISD, students were given healthier food options.

Across North Texas, teachers and staff are gearing up for the return to school. In Dallas, the district held its annual back-to-school rally, or convocation, on Wednesday. There was music, dancing and a pep talk from Interim Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

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Sam Tasby, the key figure in the Dallas school desegregation case, has died at age 93.  Tasby was a quiet man who spoke little about his long legal battle and its impact on schools and the city of Dallas.

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The Dallas school district continues its superintendent search. Michael Hinojosa has been the interim superintendent since June. He stepped in after Mike Miles resigned. Hinojosa talked to reporters Wednesday about how he’s preparing for the upcoming school year.

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Over the past few weeks, KERA's American Graduate project has explored why it’s so tough to lead a large urban school district. Both Dallas and Fort Worth are looking for superintendents. This week, we look at how changes in urban districts have made the job even harder.

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KERA is looking into the remarkable number of help-wanted ads for school superintendents across the country, from Los Angeles to Newark to Fort Worth. Today we dig into the checkered history of the top job in Dallas. With Mike Miles’ departure last month, the district is looking for its eighth permanent leader in two decades. How has that turnover shaped a struggling district that’s the second-largest in the state?

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He’s back. Former Dallas superintendent Michael Hinojosa was unanimously named interim superintendent by the school board late Friday.

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A familiar face is returning to the Dallas Independent School District. Michael Hinojosa is back – as the district’s interim superintendent.  On Friday night, the Dallas school board named Hinojosa the interim leader after Mike Miles resigned last week. 

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Thursday night was supposed to be the last school board meeting for outgoing Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles. But he was a no-show. Still, the Dallas school board had plenty to discuss, including a budget vote and a possible bond package.

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Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles makes his final school board appearance Thursday night.  He announced his resignation on Tuesday. When Miles first arrived in Dallas, he had much different plans.

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A day after he announced his resignation, and a day before he leaves the job, Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles talked with Krys Boyd on KERA’s Think. Miles defended his record and talked about the district moving on.

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Mike Miles, who pushed for controversial reforms in the Dallas Independent School District, announced Tuesday morning that he’s resigning as superintendent. 

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Only about one in three third graders are reading at grade level in Dallas County schools. And that can have big implications down the road since only one in five kids who read below grade level go on to college. A new kind of virtual tutoring aims to tackle that problem even earlier. And the volunteer tutors don’t even have to leave the office.

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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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Dallas school board elections Saturday should strengthen the position of Superintendent Mike Miles, just days after he survived another vote to oust him.

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Saturday's municipal elections feature bruising mayoral races, tight city council tilts and tough school board tussles.

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Voters in Dallas will decide between two candidates for mayor Saturday: Incumbent Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo.

Early voting ends today for Saturday’s municipal elections across North Texas. The top contest on the ballot is for mayor of Dallas: Incumbent Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo.

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

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Dallas County Judge Carl Ginsberg has ordered Dallas school board president Miguel Solis and the Dallas ISD  to schedule a meeting on Friday on the future of Superintendent Mike Miles.

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Three trustees from the Dallas Independent School District are suing one of their own -- the board president. 

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