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North Texas parents are complaining the state demands too many tests for their kids to succeed in school.

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State Rep. Diane Patrick, an Arlington Republican, has filed school legislation that would reduce the number of end-of-course exams from 15 to 3.

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State lawmakers are preparing to file a slew of bills that could change the way students are tested and the way school districts are graded. The lightening rod is the new STAAR end-of-course exams. As part of KERA’s American Graduate program, we visited the Arlington school district where there’s a loud cry for reform.

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State Rep. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat, says he knows how lawmakers should spend surplus money left in this year’s budget. He's filed a bill to restore all of the $5.4 billion cut from public schools in the last session.

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The Irving Independent School District has again been sued. The suit argues a new election map and the new voting scheme still deny Hispanics a fair chance to get on the school board.

A trio of young achievers set off from Galveston five years ago with high school diplomas and great educational ambitions. But there was one big hurdle: All three came from families of modest means. Their struggles are captured by the New York Times in an eye-opening investigation.

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Some highly ranked Texas school districts aren’t so great when compared to school systems in 25 industrialized countries.

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With less than six weeks until the Texas legislature convenes, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says that he wants to improve the state’s education system -- and that there may be additional money for public education.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Officers in various uniforms, state of the state in graduation rates, Big Tex bobbleheads and more.

The Critical Thinking Crisis

Nov 7, 2012

You'd think someone who earns admission into college is ready to handle the work they are assigned. But commentator Stephen Whitley doesn't agree.

Texas business leaders want to continue tough school accountability measures that first rolled out last year. They fear lawmakers may scale back some standards in the upcoming legislative session.

School Lawsuit Starts

Oct 23, 2012
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Yesterday in Austin, for the sixth time in four decades, school districts were in court suing the state over education funding. Many are in North Texas. 

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Five stories North Texas is talking about: the battle against bullying, party in the deck park, ‘Nones’ and their habits and more.

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Top education leaders in the Texas Senate are examining ways to extend school days and school years to improve classroom learning.

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American Airlines and US Airways say they’re talking about a possible merger.

One of the newest ideas for how to reform failing schools is called “parent trigger laws.”  Commentator Anne Foster has long pushed for more parental involvement, but she questions this approach.

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This is the first day of school and is also a day of rebirth for some teachers in Dallas. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on how a winning team of educators have taken their talents to a brand-new campus.

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Seventy-five percent of Dallas public schools have failed the federal No Child Left Behind annual progress test.

Kids usually can’t wait for the school year to end. But education research shows some children pay a price over the summer break. They forget so much that by the time they start the next grade, they’re way behind.

DISD: Immunize Now

Jul 16, 2012

Immunizations are required for all Texas public school students. District leaders say now’s the time to get the required shots, or your child could be turned away from class.

On his first official day as Dallas’s new Superintendent, Mike Miles called it a great day, thanks in part to higher graduation rates for the fourth straight year.

With summer temperatures soaring, the Texas Public Utility Commission is set to vote on raising the price cap on wholesale electricity rates by 50 percent.

The hope is that the lure of more profits will spur construction of power plants to help the state meet future energy demands.

But the state's large industrial users claim the increase could cost billions of dollars. Consumer groups worry a wholesale increase will trickle down to monthly household electric bills for most Texans.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will sign on to a resolution supporting teacher evaluations based on student achievement while attacking teacher retention based on seniority. 

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Southern Methodist University is reviewing how it handled the 15-hour police standoff on campus this week.

The suspect in a downtown Dallas carjacking climbed into the cab of a 100-foot construction crane and held police at bay claiming he had a gun.

Some SMU students say officials should have used the school’s warning system to let people know what was going on – even though it was Memorial Day and fewer people were on campus.

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The Texas Association of Business has joined one of 5 lawsuits against the state arguing that Texas education funding is inadequate.

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More than 1,600 account holders in the Texas Department of Transportation toll road system can expect a credit following a cyber-attack.

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Unions at American Airlines plan to support a potential takeover offer by rival US Airways, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The unions believe that combining with US Airways would give American the best chance to grow and preserve jobs, said the two, who spoke on condition that they not be identified because no decision has been announced.

An announcement from the unions is possible as early as Friday morning, they said.

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Planned Parenthood groups in Austin, Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth are planning to merge into one organization.

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Texas officials have proposed phasing-out federal funding for the women's health program through November after Washington said it was illegal to ban the participation of Planned Parenthood.

The Women's Health Program provides routine exams, contraception and preventive health services to low-income women. Until this year, federal funds covered 90 percent of the cost. But federal officials said they would cut funding after Texas lawmakers insisted groups affiliated with abortion providers be banned from taking part.

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The North Texas Municipal Water District could lift some of the tough Stage Three water restrictions tomorrow – including twice-a-month lawn watering.

The District’s Denise Hickey says once-a-week watering would be the most likely change. She says recent rains have restored lake levels.

Hickey: Lake Lavon has returned back to full elevation. We’ve received 20 inches of rain there. We’ve had additional rain inflow at Lake Jim Chapman. However, we still remain without 28% of our supply from Lake Texoma.

That’s because they don’t Zebra Mussels to spread beyond Texoma.

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