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Mike Morath got the nod Monday to be the next Texas education commissioner.

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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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There will be no new Dallas home-rule school charter on November’s ballot. That outcome became clear soon after the home-rule commission met Monday night for only the second time.

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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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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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The 15-person Dallas home-rule charter commission has been named and members include some trustees’ relatives, and others with education and business backgrounds.

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District Judge Carl Ginsberg has ruled in favor of the Dallas ISD in the home-rule charter case regarding four teachers named so far to the 15-member charter commission.

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A judge this afternoon issued a temporary restraining order in the Dallas home-rule charter matter. Under the order, the Dallas school district cannot appoint four teachers to the home-rule charter commission -- at least for now.

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Dallas teachers hope a court hearing Friday will stop the home-rule effort designed to change the way the Dallas school district operates. The Alliance/AFT teacher organization brought the lawsuit.

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Four Dallas ISD teachers have been chosen to help write the home-rule school charter. Of the 15 commission members, four must be teachers.

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In April, Dallas City Council members and school trustees met to learn about the home-rule issue that could change the way the school district operates. A task force that grew out of that session met Thursday for the first time. Council members said they could lobby for the district, but they must agree on what they want.

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With the clock ticking, the Dallas school board Friday afternoon began the process of picking those who will write the new home-rule charter that could change how the district is run. The task may seem simple. But it's not.

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The Dallas school district says it has verified the required number of signatures needed to move forward with an effort to create a home-rule school charter.

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Backers of the effort to remake the Dallas school system on Thursday turned in more than enough signatures to force the school board to act on the home-rule effort. Here’s a look at the hurdles ahead.

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The effort to remake Dallas schools through the home-rule process has passed a crucial test. The group backing the change says it has 48,000 signatures, nearly twice as many needed to take the next step.

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For weeks, Dallas parents, teachers, administrators and politicians have been buzzing about the controversial home-rule effort to overhaul Dallas’ school system. On Friday, students had their own thoughts on what could make their schools better. Kids from five different Dallas high schools voiced them in a summit.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: We’ve heard from parents, educators, and elected officials on the controversial home-rule plan to remake Dallas schools, but what do students think? Bill Zeeble talks to some students about the changes they want to see. And All Things Considered host Justin Martin talks with Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey about tonight’s lieutenant governor run-off debate.

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center celebrated its first birthday on Thursday. The center – whose library hosted a bigger-than-expected 450,000 visitors in the first year – also includes an institute that focuses on six key policy areas. Margaret Spellings, the Bush Center’s president and a former U.S. Education Secretary, sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA newsroom: the state’s largest power company files for bankruptcy. Also, a recap from the home rule proposal debate on Think today. Doualy Xaykaothao visits a Fort Worth animal clinic, where allegations of animal abuse have been made. And as part of our Class of ’17 series, Stella Chavez catches up with Chance Hawkins as he works with a new therapist to improve his motor skills.

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Toyota chose to move its national headquarters to Plano over Dallas in part because of the state of the Dallas ISD, Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday on KERA.

“The big elephant in the room is we don’t get Toyota in Dallas because of the school system,” Rawlings said. “We’ve talked to them and they want to be in Plano. And 7-Eleven left."

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas ISD school board member Bernadette Nutall discussed the pros and cons of the controversial home-rule school proposal on KERA's "Think" Tuesday afternoon.

If you missed the conversation, here it is:

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In today's Morning Edition local block from the KERA Newsroom: Doualy Xaykaothao finds Iraqi families voting in the country's anticipated presidential election - at a Dallas hotel. It's the first one for Iraq since U.S. troops pulled out in 2011. We also get part two of Bill Zeeble's series on the home rule process being considered by Dallas schools -  we heard from supporters yesterday; today, critics of the plan speak out. And Shelley Kofler talks with State Rep. Rafael Anchia, who thinks Dallas City Council members need a pay raise. 

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Dallas schools could be at a turning point. As officials consider a “home-rule” proposal that would remake the city's school system, here's a look at arguments against it. On Monday, we reported on home-rule supporters.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA newsroom: Toyota will move its headquarters to Plano, so what does that mean for North Texas? Also, KERA’s Bill Zeeble begins the first of a two-part series on Dallas’s controversial “home rule” proposal to remake the school system.

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Dallas schools could be at a turning point. As officials consider a “home-rule” proposal that would remake the district, here's a look at how the process works and why supporters believe DISD needs it. On Tuesday, we'll report on the arguments against the effort.

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Dallas school administrators and board members met at Dallas City Hall Wednesday to discuss the home-rule proposal that could change the way the DISD is run and governed. Despite the mayor’s support of home-rule, City Council members want more information.

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A day before the Dallas City Council dives into the “home-rule” debate over remaking the city’s school system, supporters  issued their first four concrete recommendations today. And a key opponent announced an organizing meeting, in part to show that the opposition is multiracial.

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Two Dallas school board members disagreed over whether they’re doing enough for student education. Mike Morath and Bernadette Nutall faced off at a meeting on home-rule Monday night.

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Opponents and supporters are rallying their troops for a meeting Monday night about the home-rule effort to remake the Dallas school system. The showdown is planned to take place at a South Dallas church.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings apologized Tuesday for the bumbling launch of the home-rule school proposal that could change the way Dallas schools are governed and run.  

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