Spotlight Texas

4 Houston-Area Schools Earn Prestigious Blue Ribbon Award
4 Houston-Area Schools Earn Prestigious Blue Ribbon Award

Four Houston-area schools have received the prestigious 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award, a federal honor recognizing superior academic achievement.

Eastwood Academy (Houston ISD), Lyons Elementary School (Houston ISD), KIPP Shine Prep and Jennie Reid Elementary School (La Porte ISD) were among the 26 Texas schools and 342 schools nationally to earn the honor.

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Texas Education Officials Finalize Federal Achievement Plan
Texas Education Officials Finalize Federal Achievement Plan

Texas education officials have submitted their plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal law passed in 2015 that gives states more authority to set accountability standards.

The Texas proposal largely aligns with already-established procedures and state laws, including the "A-through-F" grading scale and accountability standards set by state legislators in the past three years.

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Respected Houston ISD Finance Chief Melinda Garrett Dies at 65
Respected Houston ISD Finance Chief Melinda Garrett Dies at 65

As chief financial officer of Houston ISD for 11 years, Melinda Garrett helped pilot the state's largest school district through one of its most tumultuous times, an era marked by budget cuts, bond votes, teacher layoffs and administrative upheaval.

Through it all, Garrett earned accolades from all corners. Her deep knowledge of the school finances, no-nonsense attitude and well-timed warmth ensured HISD's money was well managed and students had a stable learning environment.

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Appeals Court Sides With Texas Cheerleaders Who Sued to Display Bible Verses at Football Games
Appeals Court Sides With Texas Cheerleaders Who Sued to Display Bible Verses at Football Games

Texas cheerleaders can display Bible verses at high school football games, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The Ninth Court of Appeals sided with students from Kountze High School, who sued after the district barred Christian messages from cheer banners at football games. The cheerleaders' choice to display Bible verses is protected as "private speech," the appeals court ruled.

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Experts: School Funding Woes Largely Unchanged During Latest Lege Session
Experts: School Funding Woes Largely Unchanged During Latest Lege Session

Despite meeting for a special session this summer, some experts and legislators said the 85th Texas Legislature provided little relief to schools and taxpayers in regard to school finance and property tax reform.

Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, authored the Senate’s property tax reform bill, Senate Bill 1, which failed to pass during the Legislature’s special session. House Bill 21—which transfers $351 million from Health and Human Services to public education—did pass this session and was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Teacher Recovering From Gunshot Wound in Temple Shooting
Teacher Recovering From Gunshot Wound in Temple Shooting

A St. Mary’s Catholic School teacher was recovering from a gunshot wound Friday after being struck during a Thursday incident.

The teacher, whose name was not released, was shot in the leg, a statement from Austin-based Bishop Joe S. Vasquez said.

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East Versus West: Who Wins With The Austin ISD Bond?
East Versus West: Who Wins With The Austin ISD Bond?

The Austin Independent School District is asking voters to approve a $1 billion bond this November. The bond would pay for projects at schools all over the district, but there's a difference between funding for schools on the East Side versus the West.

If approved, some campuses would receive money to do regular maintenance or improve technologies. For Eastside Memorial High School, that means a new school with state-of-the-art technology.

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Report: Most Texas High Schools Aren't Registering Students to Vote
Report: Most Texas High Schools Aren't Registering Students to Vote

No private high schools and just 14 percent of public high schools in Texas requested voter registration forms from the secretary of state’s office in 2016, a report released Wednesday found, even though a state law requires them to do so.

The report by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law found that 198 out of 1,428 public high schools requested the forms.

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DISD teams up with FC Dallas to bring mobile STEM labs to Pleasant Grove middle school
DISD teams up with FC Dallas to bring mobile STEM labs to Pleasant Grove middle school

Learning has become more accessible at Ann Richards Middle School after it received three new mobile science, technology, engineering and math labs Friday morning. The labs allow students and teachers to connect to the internet and access their coursework from anywhere on campus.

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Hunger in the Classroom: 1 in 4 Kids Not Getting Proper Nutrition
Hunger in the Classroom: 1 in 4 Kids Not Getting Proper Nutrition

Hunger here in the borderland is a bigger problem than many people think. Even the youngest in our population - the school kids - have food insecurity.

Trying to learn on an empty stomach is a struggle for 25 percent of borderland kids, who go to bed hungry at night.

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