Education

Education
8:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Students Feel Cheated Out Of State Money For Education

Students at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth discussed education.
Christina Ulsh

Spending on education is one of the biggest policy issues in the Texas governor’s race. We showed the Sept. 30 KERA debate to students at two different high schools in North Texas. When education spending came up, there were some strong reactions.

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Education
10:23 am
Wed October 22, 2014

High Schoolers Keep Close Eye On Debate About Texas DREAM Act

Students at Aubrey High School
Christina Ulsh

Texas passed its Dream Act 13 years ago and became the first state to allow immigrant kids to pay in-state tuition at public universities. But it didn’t actually settle the issue.

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Education
4:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Business Owners Admit To Scamming Texas Schools

Authorities say former owners of a tutoring business were paid about $1.5 million from the Dallas Independent School District and about $1 million from the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

U.S. attorney Sarah R. Saldana says two former owners of a tutoring business have pleaded guilty to defrauding several Texas school districts.

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Education
12:02 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Fallout Continues A Week After Dallas School Board Member Is Removed From Campus

DISD's school board, as members readied for a closed session to discuss rules, authority, and what's allowed by both the superintendent and trustees
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Fallout continues over the forcible removal of a Dallas school board member last week from a campus. A long, closed-door meeting Monday night will soon lead to open meetings on what’s allowed and what’s not by trustees and the superintendent.

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Education
9:28 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Homecoming Mums: Inside A Larger-Than-Life Texas Tradition

Beth Scheetz runs Varsity Mums out of her home in Coppell
Christina Ulsh

All of America has homecoming football games, parades, pep rallies and dances, but no place has a tradition quite like the Texas homecoming mum.

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Education
9:19 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

A Race Against The Odds, With A High School Diploma As The Trophy

Ashley Black reads her essay to her class, as it's recorded for an Audio-Visual assignment.
Christina Ulsh

Almost 90 percent of high school students in Texas graduate from high school, although there is large variation by race, ethnicity, family income, disability, and English proficiency. At Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, 74 percent of African-American students graduate, while 80 percent of the Latino students do.

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Education
3:30 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Grand Prairie School District Comments On Voting Rights Lawsuit Settlement

School board members in Grand Prairie ISD will now be elected under a new system after a settlement was reached in a voting rights lawsuit against the district. The new system will consist of five single-member districts and two at-large districts.
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UPDATE: The Grand Prairie school district has released a statement about the settlement. It said that the board "is confident the single-member district system will continue to produce" quality candidates and board members.

"The current Administration's emphasis on high-level achievement for all students will continue, resulting in outstanding educational programs and opportunities," the statement read. "The Board is hopeful the new system will encourage even more participation in the election process."

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Education
9:37 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Highland Park ISD Reverses Suspension On Seven Books

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The Highland Park school district has reversed its decision to suspend seven books from the classroom after parents had concerns about sex, abortion and rape references. 

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Education
5:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Study Due Tuesday Says It's Time Texas Lawmakers Restore Full-Day Pre-K Funding

These toddlers at Little Rascals Daycare will be ready to learn by the time they get to Kindergarten. Research shows proper pre-K enhances childrens' ability to read, learn math and acquire other skills needed to excel and graduate high school.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Early education is a hot topic these days and it’s about to get hotter. Texas lawmakers cut some pre-Kindergarten funding in 2011. A paper out Tuesday examines how that’s affected school districts. Some of them valued pre-Kindergarten so much they sacrificed other programs to keep it.

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Education
9:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

After Parents Complain, Highland Park ISD Suspends Seven Books From Classrooms

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UPDATE, Sept. 26: Highland Park has restored one of the seven suspended books to its approved reading list. In an email blast, the district says the person who challenged A Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls withdrew that challenge on Wednesday. 

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