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Education
9:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Young Mariachis Learn To Sing And Play From The Pros At Summer Camp

Mariachi music has a long history, dating back to 18th century Mexico. How do you get the younger generation interested in this old tradition of guitar strumming, violin playing and passionate singing? We checked out a mariachi summer camp for middle and high school kids at the University of North Texas at Denton.

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Education
8:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Clock Is Ticking On Dallas School Home-Rule Charter For November Ballot

Attorney Mark Melton, on the board of the non-profit Educate Dallas, worries state lawmakers could make a home-rule charter much easier if the current effort doesn't put a new charter before voters in November
Bill Zeeble KERA News

More than a month ago, a committee was appointed to rewrite the Dallas school system’s charter under the controversial home-rule process. The panel has to finish that charter by mid-August to get it on the ballot this November. That seems unlikely -- and there could be consequences.

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Education
4:47 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pilot Project Will Teach Fort Worth Pre-K Kids How To Tackle Stress

A student at Momentous Institute shows off a glitter ball. These balls help teach children how to cope with stress and anxiety.
Momentous Institute

Here’s a question. Do you know the difference between your amygdala and the hippocampus? There’s a group of 3 year olds in Oak Cliff who do. And soon, pre-K children in Fort Worth may know, too. The district is teaming up with Momentous Institute in a new partnership aimed at teaching young children how to take care of their social and emotional health.

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Education
8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Dallas School Board Extends Contract of Superintendent Mike Miles

The DISD school board back in session at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Early this morning, the Dallas school board voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Miles through July 1st, 2017. Miles won't get a raise but will now be allowed to consult.  The closed session lasting nine hours may have set a Dallas school district record. It began a little past 5:30 p.m. Monday and trustees didn't emerge until almost 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. They then had an additional hour of open discussion.

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Education
7:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Prime Prep's Chances of Beating Odds Not Good Says State

Ron Price, Prime Prep's superintendent, will appeal the TEA's decision to close the two year-old charter school. Price used to be a Dallas Independent School District board member
DISD

It’s 4th and long for Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep charter schools, after the state moved this week to shut it down.  Over the years, Prime Prep’s gotten bad press for public fights between co-founders, the possible illegal transfer of student athletes, and alleged governance violations. But what caused the TEA’s announcement is school lunches.

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Education
7:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Jerry Harris, "Class of 17," Lives Two Different Lives

Jerry Harris at home in Coppell with sister Abbey. A few weeks here and it's back to Ardmore, Oklahoma with his father.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Jerry Harris lives two different lives. His parents are divorced, and he spent the past school year with dad in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This summer, he’s with mom and sister in Coppell. We catch up with Jerry, a member of KERA’s Class of ’17.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue July 15, 2014

PBS Asks: Are Baton Rouge Schools 'Separate And Unequal'? We Look At North Texas

Lloyd Potter is director of the Texas State Data Center, which oversees demographic research.
Credit UT San Antonio

Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court said racially divided schools were unconstitutional, a curious thing has happened. Many school systems are more segregated than ever, but in a completely different way. Tonight, PBS Frontline takes a look at this phenomenon in Baton Rouge, La., in a documentary called Separate and Unequal. What about the numbers in North Texas?

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Education
10:13 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Dallas School Home-Rule Commission Holds First Meeting

Home-rule commission member Edwin Flores (seated, second from right) may be one of the few members who backs the home-rule effort. He used to be a Dallas ISD trustee.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The 15-member Dallas school home-rule commission met for the first time Monday. Its job is to rewrite the Dallas school district’s rules that could change how it operates.

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Education
11:24 am
Mon July 7, 2014

UT President Bill Powers Proposes 'Graceful' Exit

Embattled University of Texas at Austin president Bill Powers listened to a reporter during the UT System Board of Regents in 2013.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

Embattled University of Texas President Bill Powers says he's willing to make a "graceful" exit in 2015 instead of the abrupt departure demanded by the University of Texas System chancellor.

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Education
2:17 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Learning-Disabled Siblings Graduate Thanks To Online Classes

Melissa and William Richardson, siblings with learning disabilities, found home-based online learning helped them graduate from high school.
Family photo

A brother and sister in their 20s finished high school last month in Richardson even though learning disabilities slowed them down. They got high school degrees by taking online classes at home.

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