TAB Billboard Targets CollegesDallas, TX(2011-12-13)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 College District says the business group doesn't know the whole story.
Outgoing Senator Shapiro Looks At Texas Education Dallas, TX(2011-11-29)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.
Hundreds Of School Districts Sue Texas Over FundingDallas, TX(2011-11-21)Texas school districts say they're struggling after lawmakers cut more than $4 billion from the education budget earlier this year. Some, like Cedar Hill, tried making up the loss with a tax. Hundreds of other districts are now preparing to sue the state like they did a decade ago, to restore funding.
Teachers Track Education Funding Cuts Dallas, TX(2011-11-18)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.
Bond Losses Further Damage School FundingDallas, TX(2011-11-14)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.
Kids In Business To Help Fund Schools Dallas, TX(2011-11-03)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.
Time's Run Out On DISD's Resignation DealDallas, TX(2011-11-02)The midnight deadline has passed for excess Dallas teachers to take a resignation deal. KERA's Bill Zeeble reports the school district doesn't yet know how many took the offer, prompted by the state's education budget cuts.
Mesquite Wins Another HonorDallas, TX(2011-10-13)This week, the Mesquite School District won another top honor for student achievement. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on Mesquite's winning formula.
Combs Praises School EfficienciesDallas, TX(2011-09-15)A tiny fraction of all Texas school districts - just 4 percent - have earned a top rating from the state comptroller's office that measures high student achievement and efficient spending.
More Texans Taking SAT TestDallas, TX(2011-09-15)The Texas Education Agency reports a significant boost in high school students taking the SAT college entrance exams.
Roundup: Ranger Blogs Her DISD Board ResignationDallas, TX(2011-08-26)Dallas School Board member Carla Ranger has submitted her resignation to both the DISD Acting Superintendent and Chief of Staff, according to School Board Member Nancy Bingham.
It's A Busy, First, Hot Day of SchoolDallas, TX(2011-08-22)Despite some minor glitches on the first day of school statewide, most North Texas students got to class without incident. KERA's Bill Zeeble visited Wilmer-Hutchins High School, re-opened for the first time since it closed in 2005.
DISD Schools To Start 15 Minutes LaterDallas, TX(2011-08-19)When school starts Monday, all Dallas public school campuses will begin 15 minutes later than they did last year. KERA'S Bill Zeeble explains it is partly a money saving move, and a time for teachers to work without getting paid.
Students Need Their ShotsDallas, TX(2011-08-15)With the first day of school just a week away, Dallas County's Health and Human Services offers families one more last opportunity to get free student immunizations.
Don't Wait To VaccinateDallas, TX(2011-08-03)With the August 22nd first day of school approaching, Dallas County's Health and Human Services Department says now's the best time to vaccinate children.