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7:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

A Better Way To Opt Out Of Required Reading

Eugenia Falkner
Dianna Douglas

A recent dispute in the Dallas suburb of Highland Park over requiring students to read the book The Art of Racing in the Rain was settled today—a committee of teachers, parents and students reviewed the book and found that it can be taught in the classrooms. One thing the debate in Highland Park has shown is that parents and students who object to certain books are also often unhappy with their options for alternative assignments. Some Texas schools have made that process smoother.

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American Graduate
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

She Escaped Violence For A Fresh Start In Texas

Dilcia M Asencio Mazariegos organizes paperwork in an ESL class at Plano East Senior High.
Christina Ulsh KERA News

Over the summer, Texas was in the spotlight for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Two years ago, Dilcia Mazariegos made a similar trek north to escape a violent home life in Guatemala. The 18-year-old is safe in Plano. But her new life in Texas is filled with challenges. It's the latest story in KERA's American Graduate series Generation One.

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Education
1:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Texas Approves Most History Textbooks, Despite Outcry

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A Texas panel has approved 89 history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across the state, after one top publisher withdrew a book.

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Education
6:20 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Highland Park Teens Speak Up For Their Books

Highland Park High sophomore Avery Davis, wearing an orange ribbon in support of her books

The required reading at Highland Park High School is still in flux. Some parents convinced administrators to remove books with adult material  -- then other parents, alumni and teachers petitioned the administration to reverse that decision.

Mostly missing from the public debate has been the voices of teenage students whose classes have been affected. As part of the KERA Yearbook project, we hear from three students about what English class has been like this fall.  

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Education
5:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Dallas County Has More Than 5,000 Homeless Students

Timothy Simons (center) was among several once-homeless students at an event called See Me Now: Teens Without Homes. It was a gathering of some students and non-profit groups that reach out to kids facing homelessness and other issues
Bill Zeeble KERA News

More than 5,000 homeless kids go to school in Dallas County. KERA talked to some of them about their lives and how pursuing an education motivated them to change their circumstances.

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American Graduate
11:21 am
Tue November 18, 2014

'Generation One': How One School District Responds To Dramatic Demographic Changes

Brandy Salmeron and her father, Samuel, visit the Grapevine Community Outreach Center.
Stella M. Chavez KERA News

Immigration is transforming the Grapevine-Colleyville school district near Fort Worth. In the last decade, it has seen its overall student population shrink while the number of non-white students doubled. It's the latest story in a KERA American Graduate series called Generation One.

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Education
4:11 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Teens Get An Earful During Interviews With Mom And Dad

Ashley Black at Polytechnic High School
Christina Ulsh KERA News

A few students at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth and at Dubiski Career High in Grand Prairie had their own version of the StoryCorps oral history project. They were assigned to interview a family member. The students learned more than they expected when they pressed "record."

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Education
10:42 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Despite State Order, Charter Schools Stay Open

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On a recent Wednesday morning, Branch Park Academy looked like any other bustling suburban middle school. Beyond a packed parking lot, a banner hanging near the entrance boasted that the school had earned the “highest academic distinction” from the Texas Education Agency. Inside, students’ voices drifted from their classrooms.

By law, those students were not supposed to be there at all.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Hispanic Students Talk About Stereotypes, Cultural Pride

Eugenio Trevino's one of several hundred Latino high school students in Dallas for the past few days attending the National Hispanic Institutes annual gathering.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Hundreds of super-bright Latino teens spent four days in Dallas for leadership training. It was part of the National Hispanic Institute’s annual meeting. As part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative, Bill Zeeble talked with a pair of the students from McAllen about stereotypes of South Texas and cultural pride.

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Education
5:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Hundreds Of Latino Teens In Dallas To Learn Leadership Skills

Bianca Mujica attends the Business, Education and Technology Academy in McAllen's South Texas ISD.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

More than 600 Latino high school students from North and Central America are in Dallas for the annual meeting of the National Hispanic Institute. The organization was created to foster future Hispanic leaders, like A.C. Gonazlez, the Dallas city manager and an Institute alum. Meet some of the next generation.  

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