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10:27 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Black And Latino Students In Dallas Lead The Nation For Passing AP Exams

Rachmad Tjachyadi collects homework assignements from his AP chemistry students at W.T. White High School
Dianna Douglas

Black and Latino Students in Dallas high schools pass the Advanced Placement exams at the highest rate in the country. The story of how Dallas became the national leader in getting underrepresented minorities to pass these classes is a bright spot in an otherwise struggling urban school district. 

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Education
4:32 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Home Rule, The Controversial Effort To Transform Dallas ISD, Fizzled

Bob Weiss is the head of DISD's home-rule commission.
Credit Dallas Independent School District

The Dallas school district’s home-rule commission voted Tuesday against writing a new charter for the district. That ended a nearly year-long process aimed at transforming how the district is run. Bob Weiss is the chairman of the home-rule commission, and he spoke with KERA’s Jeff Whittington about the reasons behind that decision.

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Education
2:59 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

UT Chancellor McRaven Visits Arlington With Big Plans For Texas Universities

Retired Admiral William McRaven, chancellor of the UT system, speaking at UT Arlington
Courtesy UT Arlington

As an admiral, William McRaven traveled around the world. Now, as the new head of the University of Texas system, he’s been traveling across Texas. His most recent stop was at UT Arlington for a meeting with major donors. It was his first visit to North Texas as chancellor.

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Education
6:20 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

In Texas, Heated Debate Over In-State Tuition For Immigrants

Guillermo Rodriguez and Karen Alvarado.
Dianna Douglas KERA News

One of the guests at President Obama's State of Union address was a North Texan who's a college student but isn’t a legal resident. She illustrates the current debate over what benefits the U.S. should offer undocumented immigrants, especially those who were brought here as children. One such benefit that is currently under fire in Texas is in-state college tuition.

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Education
4:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Conrad High School Students Bank On Saving And Managing Money

Students (from left) Isaias Huesa, Aliera Dean and Juan Macias helped teacher Euladia Gilbert (center right) open a bank at Conrad High School. Right now, it's only open to students who use the school's in-house currency called Conrad cash.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

Learning to manage money and save for college may not be on every teenager’s mind. One North Texas classroom is trying to change that. Dallas’ Conrad High School has just opened a student-run bank.

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Education
6:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Remembering Martin Luther King's 1966 Visit To SMU

Dr. King addresses the SMU Student body in 1966. Charles Cox is second from left.
Southern Methodist University Archives

In 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Southern Methodist University, at the invitation of the student senate. His brief stop in Dallas left a strong impression on Charles Cox, a junior at SMU at the time of King's visit. 

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Friday Conversation
8:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Dallas Community College Chief Says Access To Community College Will Build The Middle Class

Joe May is the chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District.
Credit Dallas County Community College District

President Obama unveiled a plan last week to make two years of community college free. The student has to be in school and keep a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher. That’s big news for students, of course, and it could have a huge impact on the colleges themselves.

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Education
4:11 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Arlington's Top Students Can Automatically Enroll At UNT

UNT cheerleaders and band members peform alongside Scrappy the Eagle mascot at Arlington High School Tuesday morning.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

In the Arlington school district, 20 percent of graduating seniors and as many as 27 percent of Hispanic graduates in the Arlington school district don’t apply to college. That startling number is why the district has been partnering with local universities to ensure more students move beyond high school. The latest effort is with the University of North Texas.

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Education
6:20 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Texas Education Commissioner Will Name Managers To Oversee Prime Prep

Ron Price, when he was ending his service on the Dallas school board. More recently, he was named Superintendent of Prime Prep Academy. This week, he said he would step down. Now, the TEA says it'll step in to manage the charter.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Texas Education Commissioner said late this afternoon he will appoint a board of managers to oversee leadership at Prime Prep Academy, a charter held by Uplift Fort Worth.   Commissioner Michael Williams said that Prime Prep’s “recent deterioration” of the its financial situation compelled his action.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Dallas ISD's Newest Drop-In Center Helps Students In Need

The Dallas ISD's newest drop-in center opened at Madison High School to help homeless students
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas school district recently opened two new high school drop-in centers to help students in need, including homeless kids. The district has partnered with a non-profit group to help remove the stigma from kids afraid to say they’re homeless. The newest center is in Madison High near Fair Park.

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