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New SAT: The Essay Portion Is To Become Optional

Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions. Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words.

03/05/2014

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DISD Students Offered SAT Exam Free Of Charge

A DISD student admitted to CBS 11 News she was nervous about a new academic endeavor only experienced by one person she’s known. You see, the school district is offering her and thousands of other students the chance to take the SAT exam for free.

CBS 11–02/26/2014

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Dallas School Sees Spike In Drug Overdoses

A community is on alert after a spike in drug overdoses at one Dallas school. Parents and school officials had an eye-opening meeting on Monday night to discuss the issue.

02/25/2014

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Special Welcome Back For Sergeant Returning To Student Coaching

Students, teachers and even the principal at a North Texas middle school pulled off a big surprise celebration for one very special person Monday. February 21 was the first day back for a teacher, coach who is also a Sergeant in the Air Force.

CBSDFW.COM–02/24/2014

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Possible Performance-Based Pay Plan For Dallas ISD Teachers

The DISD could become the first public school district in Texas to pay teachers based on how well their students perform. The proposal is all a part of Superintendent Mike Mile’s plan to improve graduation rates.

CBSDFW.COM–02/20/2014

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Home Depot Adding Nearly 2,000 North Texas Jobs

The Home Depot is gearing up for its busiest season by hiring 80,000 thousand people nationwide.

02/12/2014

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Texas Adds 52 New Charter Schools

Texas added 52 public charter schools and 36,000 students this school year. Charter school enrollment has jumped 225 percent across the U.S. in the last decade.

02/12/2014

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More Texas Students Passing AP Exams

The number of Texas high school graduates passing their advanced placement exams has improved to 18.5 percent, which is just below the national average of 20.1 percent.

02/11/2014

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Imagine 2020 Program Aims To Boost DISD Achievement

The Dallas Independent School District is on a mission to improve student performance and it has a deadline.

CBS 11–02/10/2014

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Feds Grant $20M For Schools Ruined In Fertilizer Blast

A federal agency is granting $20 million to a rural Central Texas town to help rebuild two schools destroyed in last year’s deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

02/10/2014

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Snow Day For Some, Others Not So Lucky

Many kids across North Texas are spending Friday at home after several DFW area school districts canceled classes because of snow. But not every student got the day off.

02/07/2014

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Denton County Weather Chilling For Students & Drivers

Getting to class was tricky, for some University of North Texas students today, after snowflakes coated Denton County. Slick sidewalks made it difficult for kids to walk across campus and slushy roads proved to be dangerous for drivers.

CBSDFW.COM–02/06/2014

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