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Over the summer, Texas was in the spotlight for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Two years ago, Dilcia Mazariegos made a similar trek north to escape a violent home life in Guatemala. The 18-year-old is safe in Plano. But her new life in Texas is filled with challenges. It's the latest story in KERA's American Graduate series Generation One.

Richard Matkin says after 40 years at Plano Independent School District, he’ll retire at the end of January, 2015. He’s been superintendent since 2012.

Here’s a link to his bio on the district’s web page.

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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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Class size is an ongoing challenge for school districts around the country. The New York Times reports that though the recession has ended, the impact of budget and staff cuts is still being felt in the classroom. Many districts have had to increase their student-t0-teacher ratio.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for governor, was in Plano Tuesday to focus on schools.  It was the first of his statewide visits before finalizing his education policy. His likely Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, wasn’t there, but she was still part of the discussion.

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In Plano ISD, 63 percent of voters agreed Tuesday to a 13-cent increase in their school property tax rate, the maximum allowed by law.

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The Plano school district wants voters to approve a 13-cent property tax hike. Without it, the superintendent says the district must make serious cuts. A fiscal watchdog group, though, urges a “no” vote.

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Chetan Reddy is the grizzled veteran of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which starts today in Washington, D.C. Only this grizzled veteran is just an 8th grader.

Chetan, who lives in Plano, is making his fourth straight appearance in the national contest -- and it’ll be his last one, because next year he’ll be too old. So he's determined to retire with trophy in hand.

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For seven years, Texas lawmakers have funded STEM academies -- public schools stressing science, technology, engineering and math.  This fall, Plano ISD launches a variation on that theme -- the new STEAM Academy, with the "A" standing for arts.

Plano ISD's school board likes the idea but still has to take a formal vote, solicit bids, and come up with the extra millions. Some Plano schools already have armed city officers, but not every school. The effort follows last month's Newtown school shootings

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