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In A Difficult Flu Season, A Texas School District Closed Its Doors For A Week
In A Difficult Flu Season, A Texas School District Closed Its Doors For A Week

It’s been a costly and deadly flu season in Texas and across the country. State health records released earlier this month indicate nearly 3,000 adult Texans have died from either the flu or pneumonia. Many of those who died were over the age of 65. Five pediatric deaths have also been reported.

For many Texas school districts the flu season is a serious concern. At least a dozen schools across the state have opted to close their doors for days because of the high numbers of sick students and teachers.

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Want a Say in How Texas Will Fix Special Education?
Want a Say in How Texas Will Fix Special Education?

Parents, students and education advocates have until midnight Sunday to provide feedback on a draft plan to overhaul Texas' special education services.

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Texas Teachers Defend Public Schools on Twitter
Texas Teachers Defend Public Schools on Twitter

Over the last several days, many Texas public school employees have reported receiving letters asking them to report their colleagues for using public money to illegally endorse political candidates.

By Tuesday, scores of public school employees and their supporters had taken to Twitter to express their dismay at Empower Texans, the conservative group who sent the letters, and to laud the work public schools and teachers do, using the hashtag #blowingthewhistle.

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Dallas ISD Rolls Out Support for Students, Staff and Families Affected by DACA Uncertainty
Dallas ISD Rolls Out Support for Students, Staff and Families Affected by DACA Uncertainty

Dallas ISD wants its students and employees to be prepared in the event that the federal government allows protections provided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to expire later this year, district Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said Thursday at event unveiling his district's new website for DACA recipients and their families.

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Offer of Free College Draws Thousands. Now Comes the Hard Part
Offer of Free College Draws Thousands. Now Comes the Hard Part

So far, the Dallas County Promise -- a newly launched initiative that would send every graduating senior from 31 area high schools to community college for free -- has been a rousing success.

Now comes the hard part.

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Texas Board Considers Mexican-American Studies Course, After Two Failed Attempts at a Textbook
Texas Board Considers Mexican-American Studies Course, After Two Failed Attempts at a Textbook

The State Board of Education is considering creating standards for an official Mexican-American studies high school course after two failed attempts to approve a textbook for the subject.

Advocates, including many professors and teachers, urged the board Tuesday to set coherent curriculum and graduation requirements for a course they said is already being taught to hundreds of students across the state and that is important for the state's majority-Hispanic student body. The hearing comes almost two months after the board voted not to approve a Mexican-American studies textbook submission from a local publisher, leaving teachers with no state-approved resources to offer the course.

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Prosper Waco Officials Explain Role in Oversight of 5 Schools Facing Closure
Prosper Waco Officials Explain Role in Oversight of 5 Schools Facing Closure

As deadlines approach and Prosper Waco officials provide more details about a new partnership with Waco ISD intended to save five schools from closure, the Texas Education Agency is continuing to develop rules that would govern the deal.

The nonprofit intends to step in to coordinate services for students, while leaving most of the management to Waco ISD, executive director Matthew Polk said. While the potential scope of the nonprofit’s role is still being defined by the state, the arrangement would involve an increased focus on the needs, both in and out of the classroom, of students at Alta Vista Elementary School, Brook Avenue Elementary School, J.H. Hines Elementary School, G.W. Carver Middle School and Indian Spring Middle School.

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Texas Denied Thousands of Students Special Ed Services. Does the Policy Go Back to George W. Bush's Presidency?
Texas Denied Thousands of Students Special Ed Services. Does the Policy Go Back to George W. Bush's Presidency?

In the wake of a scathing federal report last month blasting Texas for excluding thousands of students from special education, a wave of accusations has rolled through the state's education community.

The federal government admonished the state for creating the exclusionary policy and charged state officials with cleaning up the mess. Gov. Greg Abbott then blamed school districts for shirking their responsibility to teach kids with disabilities.

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Texas Special Education Fix Calls for More Staff, Training
Texas Special Education Fix Calls for More Staff, Training

Texas has unveiled an initial draft of how it will overhaul special education after federal officials found that the state for years illegally denied services to students with disabilities.

The 13-page plan released Thursday would create a professional statewide special education deployment system.

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FSHE Teacher, Mrs. Hawthorne, Selected for STEM Teacher Cohort
FSHE Teacher, Mrs. Hawthorne, Selected for STEM Teacher Cohort

The DoSeum STEM Teacher Cohort is a year-long professional development opportunity for educators like no other.

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