Schools

10:10 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Plano Schools Stepping Up Security With New Vehicles

Lead in text: 
Plano ISD's new fleet of vehicles are patrolling school campuses. Their presence is part of the district's new security plan.
The Plano school district's new police vehicles are patrolling elementary and middle school campuses as well as early childhood centers as part of the district's new security measures. The vehicles are staffed with contracted police officers and marked "Police in Partnership with Plano Independent School District."
Education
12:05 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Richardson ISD Makes The Grade

Josh and Megan Cedor chose to live in Richardson because they want to send Audrey to RISD schools.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

This month, when the state handed out its newest version of school district ratings, Richardson once again scored more accolades than almost any other district in the state.  How do they do it?

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Education
2:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Dallas ISD Cancels After-School Activities, Other Districts Updating Parents

Update, 3:59 p.m.: Rockwall ISD's buses for secondary school students will be delayed up to 45 minutes.

Update, 3:48 p.m.: Mesquite ISD will release its high school students at 4 p.m.; buses running 30 minutes later than normally scheduled. 

Update, 3:45 p.m.: Plano ISD says most activities will continues as schedule but asks parents to check with their students' individual campuses.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD also reports that all after-school activities will continue as normally scheduled.

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Texas News
11:52 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Dallas Catholic Diocese Dismisses School Ahead Of N TX Storms And Possible Tornadoes

In the aftermath of the deadly tornado in Moore, OK, the Dallas Diocese school superintendent decided to dismiss school early today because of the threat of severe weather, including possible large hail and tornadoes.
Marlith flickr.com

The Dallas Catholic Diocese dismissed school at noon today because of the threat of severe weather in North Texas . 

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Education
6:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Discussion About African American Students' Education: What Happens Next?

A DISD summit this past weekend focused on racial inequities within the education system.
Horia Varlan Flickr

The first two-day Summit on the Education of African American Students in DISD this past weekend got people thinking and talking about one of the most pressing issues, but the real challenge will be what comes out of that conversation, say those who attended.

“It’s always a great exercise to have a discussion about education, and it’s always a great exercise to talk about the inequities, but to me what’s most important is the action,” says Sherasa Thomas, a former teacher who now works as an education consultant for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Education
4:17 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Many Top Texas Schools Don't Quite Make the International Grade

Elementary class, Dallas
Bill Zeeble KERA

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

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Commentaries
1:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Anne Foster: Parent Trigger Laws

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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Daily Roundup
1:34 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Education Commissioner Gives Students A Breather

Tulane Publications

Texas high school students can relax about the new standardized testing known as STAAR -  The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.  Today, the  head of the Texas Education Agency, Robert Scott,  signed an order deferring a requirement that test results count toward 15 percent of the students’ overall grade.

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Education
12:00 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts

What's known as Middle School No. 8 in Leander, Texas, was supposed to help relieve overcrowding in the rapidly growing community. But after significant statewide cuts to education, the district can't afford to open the school.
Marisa Penaloza NPR

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 11:01 pm

School funding in Texas is in turmoil. State lawmakers slashed more than $4 billion from education this school year — one of the largest cuts in state history — and more than 12,000 teachers and support staff have been laid off.

Academic programs and transportation have been cut to the bone. Promising reforms are on hold or on the chopping block. Next year, the cuts could go even deeper.

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Education
7:21 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Outgoing Senator Shapiro Looks At Texas Education

State Senator Florence Shapiro (R-Plano)

Dallas, TX – Texas public schools are awaiting results from last month's brand-new STAAR test. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness replaces the old test and will become the required end-of-course exam. Outgoing Plano Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair of the Education Committee, sat down with KERA's Bill Zeeble to talk about this test and other education issues.

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