Education

Education
6:20 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Young Poet Takes Aim At Substandard Teaching

Nytesia Ross
Courtesy Nytesia Ross

Nytesia Ross, a 19-year-old from Tyler, recently performed her original poem called "Teach Me" at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

She was one of five winners of a nationwide poetry competition about the challenges that students face as they try to graduate from high school, and her poem was addressed to high school teachers. 

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Education
5:51 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dallas School District Fires A Top Auditor

Another Dallas Schools internal investigator was fired Thursday. Don Smith helped investigate the E-rate problem, worked to uncover a purchasing scandal in the technology department, and was reportedly looking into another tech contract when he was fired.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A top auditor with the Dallas school district was fired Thursday morning. The Dallas Morning News reports Don Smith was dismissed by his boss. Some board members reacted differently about the sudden dismissal.

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Education
10:58 am
Thu October 30, 2014

At Dallas Public Library, You Can Get Your GED -- A First In Texas

Kevin Franklin, who's 57 and homeless, says it's never too late to take and pass the GED. He's enrolled now, and plans to the take the test in the library's new testing center
Bill Zeeble KERA News

A quarter of Dallas adults never graduated from high school. The Dallas Public  Library hopes to change that with a new GED testing center unveiled Wednesday in its main downtown building. It will be the first of its kind in a Texas library.

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Education
8:20 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Wary Of Loans, Texas Students Struggle Through College

Students at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth.
Christina Ulsh KERA News

Texans are carrying about $70 billion in student loans, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. The good news is that Texans have less student debt than than the national average. The bad news is that people in Texas are more likely to be delinquent in repaying those loans.

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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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