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A Dallas developer wants to turn old Dallas High School, also called Crozier Tech, into downtown apartments. KERA’s BJ Austin says the developer also wants a tax break from the city.

The City of Dallas Budget, Finance and Audit Committee has moved Uplift Education’s bond schedule forward.

U.S. Senate Candidate Craig James says he’ll release his education plan this week.  In an interview with KERA’s Shelley Kofler the sports analyst turned GOP candidate talked about elements of his plan.  In this Spotlight on the Senate report, James says eliminating the U.S. Department of Education is at the top of his list.

An attorney defending Republican-drawn voting maps in Texas has told a federal court there are "insurmountable" differences preventing a compromise with minority rights groups.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined more than 200 students from Dallas’ Moseley Elementary this morning. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports the first lady came to watch teams of top chefs create nutritious school lunches.

A school advocacy group says an estimated 32,000 school employees across Texas - including 12,000 teachers - have lost their jobs due to $5.4 billion in education cuts.

The Dallas fourth grade teacher suspended because of an email sent to a school board member will be back in class Wednesday.

Joseph Drake sent an email to Board Member Edwin Flores expressing anger over the Board’s vote to lengthen the teacher workday by 45 “unpaid” minutes. Dr. Flores forwarded the email to administrators who put Drake on paid leave for “alleged misconduct.”

Rena Honea is president of the largest Dallas teacher-group, the Alliance-AFT. She’s pleased with Drake’s reinstatement.

The federal government has rejected a request by Texas to be excluded from a new law that would limit how much health insurance companies can spend on overhead. The law is part of recent changes in health care law that Texas officials say is unconstitutional.

Tempers flared red hot at last night’s Dallas school board meeting, where the board president even ordered a speaker removed. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that despite pleas from parents and students to keep their schools opened, trustees voted to shut eleven campuses down.

Testimony has finished in a trial determining whether new political district lines drawn by the Texas Legislature violated the federal Voting Rights Act. Attention will now quickly shift to San Antonio where another federal court is charged with drawing interim maps.

The Dallas School Board tonight votes on closing eleven schools to save millions of dollars in the coming budget year. The move follows severe state education cuts, as KERA’s Bill Zeeble explains.

The Dallas School District held its first public meetings last night about eleven under-populated schools set to close. The district hopes to save millions of dollars with the move, as it faces a huge budget shortfall from state funding cuts. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the plan to save money could also mean the loss of quality education.

Fort Worth’s school board has named interim superintendent Walter Dansby its lone finalist to be the district’s next superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Dansby becomes Fort Worth’s first African American leader in the district’s 129 year history. He started working at Fort Worth ISD in 1974.

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Fort Worth’s School Board “officially” names its superintendent finalist at this evening’s 5:30 board meeting. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more.

After last Thursday’s 2nd round of candidate interviews, trustees said they found their finalist. Acting Superintendent Walter Dansby has filled the role since taking over for Melody Johnson, who resigned last year. A Long-time Fort Worth ISD employee, Dansby applied for and could be named to the job. Board Vice President Juan Rangel says the next leader takes on a large budget shortfall because of state funding cuts.

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Parades, music and community programs have been scheduled across Texas to mark the federal holiday honoring the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Texans joined other Americans today to honor King's memory 44 years after the civil rights leader was assassinated.

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The Dallas School Board wants to hear from parents of students in 11 schools slated to be closed because of low enrollment. KERA’s BJ Austin says a series of public meetings will be scheduled over the next two weeks, ahead of the final vote.

The Fort Worth school board has picked a lone finalist for its next superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports trustees will make the official announcement Tuesday.

Thursday, Dallas School Board members will consider closing eleven schools to save millions of dollars. It follows severe state funding cuts that officials fear will leave next year’s budget nearly $40 million short. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports some parents are fighting back.

A committed group of Dallas citizens said they want DISD’s next superintendent to be an education reformer who understands budgets. KERA’s Bill Zeeble attended one of two sessions last night seeking public input for the superintendent search, and has more.

They only numbered 30 or so, but the passionate variety of residents in W.T. White’s auditorium told a representative of the Dallas school district’s search firm just what they want in the district’s next leader. Several, like Dallas Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dena Jackson, stressed the need to hire the best.

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The Dallas School District holds a series of public meetings this week to find out what citizens want in their next Superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports some trustees already have an idea what they’ll say.

A coalition of school districts educating more than 1.5 million Texas children has filed a fourth lawsuit against the state over school funding.

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When Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings campaigned for office, he said public education would be a top priority. What's happened since then? KERA's Bill Zeeble takes a look.

More than 400,000 Texas students will have the option of transferring to new schools because their schools have ended up on the Public Education Grant list. KERA's Shelley Kofler says making the PEG list brands a school as having poor academic standards.

There are two ways a campus can make the dreaded PEG list. It can be rated unacceptable or at least twice in the past three years at least 50 percent of its students have failed part of the TAKS test.

The Texas Association of Business wants the state to withhold some money for community colleges until graduate rates rise. The group has even put up billboards to encourage support. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the Dallas County Community College District says the business group doesn't know the whole story.

A new billboard on Central Expressway reads "8 PERCENT OF DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS GRADUATE IN 3 YEARS. IS THAT FAIR TO THE STUDENTS? It's signed by the Texas Association of Business.

Some DISD parents and activists are demanding changes to what they call unfair school discipline policies that create a pipeline to prison. KERA's Bill Zeeble was at a demonstration outside Dallas County's Juvenile Justice Center.

Members of a group called the Texas Organizing Project cite a recent Texas study from the Council of State Governments that found more than half of Texas students were expelled or suspended over a 6 year period, and most of them were Black or Hispanic.

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State sales tax revenue was up 12.2 percent last month in Texas.That's compared to receipts from the previous November. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced the figures Wednesday.

She says it marks the 20th consecutive month of revenue growth. Sales taxes are one of the largest sources of revenue for the state and a 2009 slump contributed to this year's state budget shortfall.

Dallas, TX – A survey by one teachers group is providing a look at how state budget cuts may be affecting Texas school districts. KERA's Shelley Kofler says the survey comes as lawsuits challenging school funding take shape.

The online survey from the Texas American Federation of Teachers isn't scientific, but it's a glimpse into what has happened in schools since the state legislature reduced their funding by more than four billion dollars.

Dallas, TX – The Cedar Hill School District says it will try convincing voters to pass another bond proposal after citizens narrowly rejected package last week. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on Cedar Hill's dilemma.

Citizens rejected the bond by just sixty-seven votes and also also turned down a tax hike to bolster shrinking operating funds.

Dallas, TX – A newly-launched pilot education program could help more North Texans attend college. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports TexCan - the Texas College Access Network - will target first generation and low-income students.

Dallas, TX – Some Carrollton-Farmers Branch elementary students are in the "greeting card" business this year. KERA's BJ Austin says it's a money-making idea from the district's Educational Foundation - which is working to help fill the gap left by state budget cuts.

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