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Texas' Homeless Youth Slip Through Cracks of Disjointed Support System, New Report Says
Texas' Homeless Youth Slip Through Cracks of Disjointed Support System, New Report Says

Gage Kemp was 17 when he first became homeless.

"The home I grew up in, there was a lot of drug abuse and violence, and I got bullied a lot," Kemp said. "My parents were on hard drugs, and my dad told me to get out. It was in that moment I realized I was free, in a sense."

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Pastor Reveals 'Dirty Little Secret' to Texas Educators, Teaches Them How to Vote Out 'Stupid'
Pastor Reveals 'Dirty Little Secret' to Texas Educators, Teaches Them How to Vote Out 'Stupid'

A long-overdue war has broken out between the state's billion-dollar education establishment (Big Ed) and conservative state lawmakers who sometimes vote against Big Ed's wishes.

The battlefield is the ballot box. Organizers of the anti-tea party campaign set a goal of getting every school district employee in every district to register and vote in next year's Republican primary on March 6.

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It's Not Just Texas - International Student Enrollment is Slowing Nationally, Report Finds
It's Not Just Texas - International Student Enrollment is Slowing Nationally, Report Finds

A survey released Monday found that international student enrollment is stagnating or declining at many colleges and universities around the U.S., marking the second year of lower foreign enrollment on campuses dependent on out-of-state tuition dollars.

The national data appear less pronounced then the Houston Chronicle's findings in Texas. A solid majority of four-year public universities here saw declines in international student enrollment, while 45 percent of respondents to the Institute for International Education's fall survey saw fewer students enrolled. About 24 percent of institutions nationally saw no change, that survey said.

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Enrollment of Students in Special Ed Programs Surges in Texas
Enrollment of Students in Special Ed Programs Surges in Texas

Texas enrolled its largest number of students in special education programs last school year, the same year the state's education department officially got rid of an arbitrary cap it put in place more than a decade ago.

In the 2016-17 school year, 477,281 students received special education services, an increase of about 14,000 students compared to the previous school year. That's about 8.9 percent of Texas students receiving special education resources, according to the latest data from the state's Public Education Information Management System.

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Dallas ISD Superintendent Reassures Parents, Drivers After Voters Shut Down Dallas County Schools
Dallas ISD Superintendent Reassures Parents, Drivers After Voters Shut Down Dallas County Schools

A day after voters overwhelmingly decided to shut down school bus provider Dallas County Schools, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is reassuring parents and drivers that buses will be running next fall.

Late Wednesday afternoon the Texas State Comptroller appointed the committee that will take over for DCS and eventually shut it down. The new team includes financial advisors and the superintendents of the nine school districts serviced by DCS.

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Texas Education Officials Reject Another Mexican-American Studies Textbook
Texas Education Officials Reject Another Mexican-American Studies Textbook

For the second time in the last year, the State Board of Education rejected a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook, leaving teachers without any state-approved materials for Mexican-American studies courses.

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The Anthem, the Pledge and the Protests: A National Debate Comes to Texas Schools
The Anthem, the Pledge and the Protests: A National Debate Comes to Texas Schools

Louise Johnson recalls learning last fall that a science teacher at her daughter’s San Antonio high school was sitting — rather than standing — during the Pledge of Allegiance at morning announcements.

Johnson, who comes from a military family, was not happy when she heard from her 14-year-old that other students in the class had joined the teacher. According to her daughter, about five people would sit during the pledge and several others would sit during the national anthem at football games.

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Troubled Dallas County Schools Says It's Changed, But Voters Have The Final Word
Troubled Dallas County Schools Says It's Changed, But Voters Have The Final Word

Barry Jacobs has spent the past couple of months collecting complaints from parents at Solar Preparatory School for Girls in Dallas.

Their complaints are about the bus system, Dallas County Schools. It provides transportation for nine North Texas school districts, including the Dallas Independent School District.

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Manor ISD Expands Its Tech-Centric Model To A New Middle School
Manor ISD Expands Its Tech-Centric Model To A New Middle School

When Manor New Tech High School opened back in 2013, it drew a visit from then-President Obama, who touted its tech-forward teaching model as the future of public schools. Now, Manor Independent School District is applying that model to a new middle school.

At first glance, Manor New Tech Middle School doesn’t look like most schools. For one, the cafeteria isn’t just a space for kids to eat lunch. It’s also a classroom – and a library.

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Lubbock ISD Superintendent Announces Retirement
Lubbock ISD Superintendent Announces Retirement

In a conversation with the Board of Trustees and a video to employees earlier today, Dr. Berhl Robertson, Jr., announced his intention to retire as superintendent of Lubbock ISD at the conclusion of the school year.

In his message to employees, Robertson said, "I have been extremely blessed in my career. The opportunity to come to Lubbock ISD was the latest, greatest blessing, and I could not be more proud of you, the entire Lubbock ISD team and the work you have done. I know you will continue to work tirelessly to make our school district better and better, because our students deserve it. I am so thankful to have been here for what will be 9 years; 9 of the very best years of my career, so thank you for that and thank you for allowing me to serve you."

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