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Education
10:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Fort Worth School District In Search Of A New Leader Again

Joel D. Boyd, who's the superintendent in Santa Fe, notified Fort Worth school trustees over the weekend that he was withdrawing his name as a candidate for the superintendent job. Trustees selected Boyd as the sole finalist last month.
Credit Santa Fe Public Schools

Fort Worth school board trustees have to regroup after the man chosen to lead the district withdrew his name as the sole finalist for the superintendent job. Joel D. Boyd, who’s the superintendent in Santa Fe, New Mexico notified the board on Saturday. So far, the reaction has been mixed.

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Education
6:20 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

A FAFSA Bootcamp Gets More Financial Aid Coming To Dallas Students

Ashley Flores (left), a senior at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, fills out the FAFSA with the help of her mom, Juana Flores.
Dianna Douglas

High school seniors are told early and often to fill out a free application for federal student aid—typically called a FAFSA –to help them pay for college. The problem is that filling out the FAFSA requires tax returns, social security numbers for parents, and other data that students generally don’t have at their fingertips. 

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Education
7:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Advocates Help Dallas County High School Students Apply For Financial Aid

Financial Aid workshops are being held this weekend for Dallas County high school students.
Simon Cunningham flickr.com

Dallas County high school seniors missed out on $34 million in college grants last year. That’s according to Commit, a local nonprofit that says more than half of the students did not apply for financial aid. We find out what they and others are doing to change that.

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Education
6:20 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Education Scorecard Shows Mixed Progress Report For Dallas Students

Todd Williams, executive director of Commit!
Credit courtesy Commit!

The Commit partnership, an education philanthropy that works in Dallas schools, released its annual scorecard on Tuesday night, with hard numbers about how students in the region are faring. The data cover pre-kindergarten through college graduation, and show a mixed progress report.

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Education
8:20 am
Wed February 25, 2015

These High Schoolers Say It's Fun To Take Tests And Practice For Academic Tourney

A math contest at Ryan High School, during a UIL practice meet.
Dianna Douglas KERA News

Hundreds of high school students from all over North Texas gathered in Denton last weekend to practice for the state’s biggest academic competition. They took tests, wrote stories, and performed monologues—all in the hopes of becoming the best at their favorite school subject.

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Education
5:54 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Are You Qualified For A GED Test Scholarship?

Ronald McCullough is 24, dropped out of high school, dropped out of the last GED course hie signed up for, and served time in jail. But he's registering for the GED again because without it or a high school diploma, he can't find work
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Adult GED students often juggle family, job, and classes to get that high school-equivalency diploma. And then there’s the cost of the test. Dallas – based Atmos Energy has started picking up the tab.

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Education
6:20 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Paul Quinn College Students Will Have To Work For Their Education

Paul Quinn College freshman Kevin Lee at work in the president's office
Dianna Douglas

Students at Paul Quinn College are about to be put to work. The historically black college in South Dallas is being reborn as a “work college,” where everyone who lives on campus works for the school in some form or another.

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Education
12:18 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Dallas School Investigation Into Human Resources Scandal May Continue

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles apologized to his board Monday night after two top Human Capital Management leaders were forced out dut to their embarrassing, belittling behavior
Bill Zeeble KERA News

UPDATE: A Dallas schools investigation into an executive with a criminal background continues, and so may a Human Resources audit, even though that department  chief resigned three weeks ago. During Monday’s late night board meeting, trustees discussed the HR scandal and the response by superintendent Mike Miles.

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Education
9:05 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Dallas School Board Divided Over Creating A Corporation To Issue Bonds

The Dallas school board shared mixed opinions about the merits of a public facility corporation they could create to issue bonds that could help fund needed buildings.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas school officials want to issue bonds for new or improved buildings – with a twist.  They’re not interested in asking voters for a bond package. Instead, they want to create a corporation that would issue the bonds. The school board discussed this Thursday night and KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the idea has some pluses and minuses. 

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Education
6:20 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Highland Park ISD Adopts New Rules For Books

Parody of the cover to the book "The Working Poor" that Highland Park students created after some parents argued that it was inappropriate for use in the classroom.

The Highland Park ISD has adopted a new policy for letting people weigh in on the books that high schoolers read in English class: No more pulling books out of classrooms when a parent objects to the content.

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