Public Schools

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Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Decriminalizing School Truancy

The failure to attend school — otherwise known as truancy — will no longer be a criminal offense, thanks to Gov. Greg Abbott. Only two states in the U.S. ā€” Texas and Wyoming ā€” send truants to adult criminal court.

06/20/2015

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Dallas School Best In The Country

Despite the continuing turmoil in the Dallas Independent School District, a public high school there has been named best in the country — for the fourth year in a row! The magnet School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center ranked No. 1.

CBSDFW.COM–05/12/2015

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Group Ranks 1,700 North Texas Public Schools

Non-profit group, “Children At Risk” ranks North Texas high, middle and elementary schools in nine counties. Find your child’s school here.

05/04/2015

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Texas Senate Advances School Vouchers; House Still Opposed

The Texas Senate has advanced a school voucher plan using taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones.

04/20/2015

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Texas Conservatives Back Teacher Evaluations, School Grading Plans

Top conservatives clamoring for ‘school choice’ voucher plans in the Texas Legislature are offering other priorities that are less hot-button but still may spark bitter floor fights.

03/03/2015

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Texas H.S. Tests Show Some Improvements

Texas high school students showed improvements on end-of-course standardized tests in biology and algebra, and posted strong passing rates on a history exam administered statewide for the first time but lagged in English.

06/04/2014

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DISD Board To Hear Arguments For & Against Home Rule

On May 22, for the first time, the Dallas Independent School District will hear arguments for and against a home rule charter. The pros and cons will come from the two main groups who’ve formed on both sides of the issue.

CBS 11–05/21/2014

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Number Of Failing Texas Schools Nearly Doubles

Texas education authorities said the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from 2012 because of newer, higher standards.

01/09/2014

Santa Claus student John Siebler, of Fort White, Florida practices hi Ho Ho ho's during the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School workshop on October 16, 2008 in Midland, Michigan.  The legend of Santa Claus has endured many centuries.  The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School is becoming legendary as it is in it's 71st year of classes.   Student Santas gather from around the world to share their common love of Christmas and the magical spirit of Santa Claus.  They share their stories, learn common traditions, and values that started at this school from the beginning.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Texas Touts Law Protecting Christmas In Schools

Just in time for the holidays, a Texas lawmaker is making extra sure everyone remembers wishing someone “Merry Christmas” is now protected by law in public schools around the state.

12/09/2013

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DISD Superintendent Gives 1-On-1 Interview To CBS 11

Dallas Schools Superintendent Mike Miles did not lose his job Monday night. On Tuesday Miles acknowledged a chasm between he and some trustees who believe he is no longer suitable for the job.

CBS 11–10/01/2013

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New Schools & New Plans For DISD First Day Of School

With the exception of just a few districts across North Texas, the school bells are ringing again. In the Dallas Independent School District one might give an ā€œEā€ for effort.

CBSDFW.COM–08/26/2013

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Lovejoy ISD Banking On Transfer Students Paying Tuition

The Lovejoy ISD Board of Trustees decided to go the “innovative strategy” route, which will be to open the district up for transfer students in exchange for a fee.

07/17/2013

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