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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

DISD Superintendent candidate Mike Miles. (credit: Facebook)

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

A fifth grade art class. (credit: Brendan Rendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

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

Students read books in an elementary school. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. (credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Texas AG: State Benefits For Same-Sex Partners Are Illegal

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued a general opinion on whether local municipalities and school districts can grant benefits to the domestic partners of employees — Abbott said if they do they’re breaking Texas law.

CBSDFW.COM–04/30/2013

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Texas Senate Votes To Overhaul Parent Trigger Law

The Texas Senate has approved legislation to expedite the parental right to close public schools or convert them into charter schools if they are under performing academically.

04/17/2013

Students read books in an elementary school. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Williams: Texas Will Get A-F School Rating System

The state’s top education official says he will direct Texas to rate schools and school districts based on letter grades A through F starting next year.

04/02/2013

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Texas Democrats Plan To Force Education Votes

How the state will pay for public schools will take center stage this week in the political theater known as the Texas Legislature. And it will likely remain there throughout the session.

02/10/2013

Snacks and drinks with higher nutritional value are displayed. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

USDA Wants “Smart Snacks” In School Vending Machines

When the USDA mandated new nutrition standards for meals served in schools, the amount of snacks sold in vending machines went up significantly. Officials are addressing the issue with a proposed new Smart Snacks in School rule.

CBSDFW.COM–02/06/2013

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Texas Lt. Gov. Calls For Gun Training For Teachers

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has called for state-funded specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings.

01/11/2013

New Dallas schools Superintendent Mike Miles. (credit: DISD)

DISD Audit Questions Hiring Practices & Moving Expenses

Possible wrongdoings by Dallas Independent School District (DISD) leaders are highlighted in the latest version of an internal audit. The report will be up for review at a meeting taking place Thursday.

CBSDFW.COM–01/08/2013

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