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7:21 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Dallas City Council Gets An Educational Lesson On Home-Rule School Proposal

Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston, center, wondered if DISD's reforms need a governance change that would be prompted by home-rule.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dallas school administrators and board members met at Dallas City Hall Wednesday to discuss the home-rule proposal that could change the way the DISD is run and governed. Despite the mayor’s support of home-rule, City Council members want more information.

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Education
5:54 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

In Dallas Home-Rule School Debate, Supporters And Opponents Agree On A Few Things

Jeronimo Valdez is on the board of Support Our Public Schools, which backs a change to home-rule for Dallas schools. The attorney plans to be at the Dallas City Council briefing Wednesday on the issue.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A day before the Dallas City Council dives into the “home-rule” debate over remaking the city’s school system, supporters  issued their first four concrete recommendations today. And a key opponent announced an organizing meeting, in part to show that the opposition is multiracial.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Class Of '17: This High Schooler Hopes To Graduate Early

Kelli standing proudly in her bedroom. A few days earlier, mom says it was a mess and Kelli spent time cleaning it up.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Kelli Bowdy, one of the students we’re following in our Class of '17 series, is almost through her freshman year at Fort Worth’s O.D. Wyatt High School. She’s even thinking about graduating early. Nationwide, only 3 percent of high school kids manage that.  

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Education
6:05 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

UNT-Dallas Inaugurates President Ronald Brown

New UNT-Dallas President Ronald Brown gave his inaugural address Friday on the South Dallas campus.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

On Friday, for the second time in its 14-year history, the University of North Texas at Dallas inaugurated a president. Dignitaries welcomed Ronald Brown on the south Dallas campus.

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

UNT-Dallas President Hopes To Set His Urban University Apart

UNT Dallas' President Ronald Brown delivered his first inaugural speech Friday.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

The second president at the University of North Texas at Dallas says his priorities include keeping tuition low and forging a relationship with employers who will help train students for high-demand jobs.  

President Ronald Brown talked with KERA's Shelley Kofler prior to giving his inaugural speech on Friday.

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Class of '17
10:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Class of '17: Dealing With Depression, And Finding An Outlet

Phantasia Chavers, a ninth grader in Cedar Hill, wants to learn how to play the guitar. She's been battling depression and has been teased at school. She says she doesn't want to do what other kids think is popular.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

One in 10 adolescents suffers from depression by age 18. It’s something that one of the members of KERA's Class of '17 is wrestling with. The series is part of a nationwide public broadcasting initiative called American Graduate. This week, we check back in with Cedar Hill ninth grader Phantasia Chavers.

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Education
6:42 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

How To Reduce Dropouts? It's All About Building Relationships, Education Expert Says

Communities In Schools founder Bill Milliken told a Fort Worth luncheon crowd that dropout prevention starts with buildling relationships that help kids feel safe, secure and capable of loving learning.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Texas Education Agency says there’s only one program with meaningful effects on reducing dropouts, and it’s Community In Schools. That was reason enough for the Tarrant County branch to bring its founder Bill Milliken to town. He talked to a Fort Worth lunch crowd organized for CIS volunteers and donors.

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Education
3:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Battle For Governor Shines A Light On Pre-K

Cherish Moore, who's 4, is learning to write her name in a Dallas pre-kindergarten class.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Dallas and Fort Worth school districts are ramping up efforts to enroll more eligible children in pre-kindergarten.  The push comes as gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis spar over who has a better plan for early education. 

Inside the pre-kindergarten class at Dallas’ Good Street Learning Center, it might seem like the 4-year-olds keeping time with rhythm sticks are just playing a game.

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Education
9:56 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Garland ISD Accuses Former Official Of Profiting From Foreign Teacher Visa Program

These four teachers are among 23 in the Garland school district who face deportation when their visas expire. From left: Elizabeth Nino de Rivera, Francisco Marcano, Alfonso Casares and Bernardo Montes.
Stella M. Chavez KERA News

More than 600 teachers on H1-B visas were hired to work in the Garland school district during a 10-year period. In that time, the district says the former head of human resources, Victor Leos, pocketed fees and took numerous all-expenses paid recruiting trips to the Philippines.

District officials and a law firm working with the district revealed those findings Tuesday. Some of the teachers who were recruited face deportation when their visas expire in a few months.

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Education
6:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mesquite School And Dallas Chamber Symphony Team Up For Unique Classroom Experience

Dallas Chamber Symphony cellist Oliver Schlaffer plays Bach on his prized cello in front of Rutherford Elementary School students.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The elementary school field trip to a concert hall is one thing. But in Mesquite, concert hall musicians head to the school. They also visit by iPad. It’s part of an unusual, experimental program that combines personal and virtual school visits with digital and interactive lessons.

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