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In Dallas, 3-Year High School Diploma Would Expand Preschool

Kbuck sumitted ago via http://www.nytimes.com (Views: 58, Clicks: 4)  
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A bill passed in the legislative session will allow the Dallas I.S.D. to use money saved when students in the new plan graduate, and redirect it to prekindergarten programs.

1 comments | Tags: dallas texas prekindergarten three-year diploma college readiness alternative diploma plan | Topic: Early Childhood BAD >_<

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Complaint: Truancy Policies in Dallas, Area Districts, Violate Civil Rights

Newman sumitted ago via http://blogs.edweek.org (Views: 88, Clicks: 4)  
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Nirvi Shah -- Civil rights groups say federal intervention is needed in several Dallas-area school districts where droves of students are being funneled into the criminal court system through a truancy punishment program.

2 comments | Tags: truancy courts dallas texas civil rights school attendance | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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Dozens Protest New Dallas Principal Evaluations

nitajo sumitted ago via http://blogs.edweek.org (Views: 76, Clicks: 5)  
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Alyssa Morones -- Three dozen community members showed up at the Dallas school district's headquarters on Thursday to protest the district's new principal evaluation system. The system could soon result in the termination of several principals, reports the Dallas Morning News.

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Dozens protest new Dallas ISD principal evaluation process, possible removal of principals

nitajo sumitted ago via http://educationblog.dallasnews.com (Views: 109, Clicks: 5)  
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About three dozen people showed up outside Dallas ISD headquarters on Thursday to protest a new evaluation system that could result in some principals losing their jobs. Sixty-five of the district’s 223 principals have been on a “growth plan” at some time during the school year. Those who don’t make improvements could have their contracts non-renewed.

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New D.C. principal’s termination letter from Dallas

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 143, Clicks: 6)  
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Valerie Strauss -- D.C. schools spokesman Melissa Salmanowitz said system officials are reviewing what happened in Dallas. She has not responded to questions about whether anyone in the D.C. system was aware of the accusations against Carter in Dallas when she was hired, or who actually hired her.

1 comments | Tags: valerie strauss washington d.c. roslyn carter dallas texas standardized test scores | Topic: Teaching Jobs BAD >_<

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New D.C. school principal left Texas under cloud

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 146, Clicks: 4)  
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Valerie Strauss -- A principal recently hired by D.C. Public Schools is the same principal put on leave late last year in Dallas after investigators accused her of ordering third-grade teachers to focus only on math and reading in order to maintain an “exemplary” rating based on standardized test scores.

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Exemplary’ Texas school taught only two subjects

Newman sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 213, Clicks: 15)  
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Valerie Strauss -- A public elementary school in Texas that was given “exemplary” status for student achievement only taught reading and math to third graders last year and made up grades for each student in social studies, science, music and other subjects.

0 comments | Tags: valerie strauss dallas independent school district dallas texas falsification of grades no childleft behind act | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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Dallas Schools Top Newsweek High School Rankings

MrGreen sumitted ago via http://www.usnews.com (Views: 169, Clicks: 4)  
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Newsweek ranked schools based on six factors: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP tests taken per graduate (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per graduate (5 percent).

1 comments | Tags: newsweek dallas texas high school rankings linda darling-hammond | Topic: Secondary BAD >_<

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Dallas ISD proposes a new middle school for older students

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.dallasnews.com (Views: 233, Clicks: 1)  
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Older middle school students behind in school might have a new home in Dallas ISD come August.

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Will Dallas school trustees follow L.A.'s lead?

PiGuy sumitted ago via http://educationfrontblog.dallasnews.com (Views: 252, Clicks: 2)  
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William McKenzie/ Editorial Columnist -- I raise his appointment because of the L.A. board's willingness to let him pursue this approach. And I hope all of Dallas' school board members are paying attention. The Dallas school district long ago pioneered a way to evaluate teachers in part through their students' classroom performance. But pockets on the school board have never wanted to enforce the link.

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Dallas program brings immigrants eager to learn English together with nursing home residents eager for company

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.dallasnews.com (Views: 180, Clicks: 1)  
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Programs around the Dallas area are full, from a volunteer program run at the Farmers Branch public library, to a study group for Koreans at a Carrollton bakery, to conversation programs run in Irving at its public library and the nonprofit Debes Creer en Ti/Believe in Yourself. Debes offerings range from English, to financial literacy, to basic computer tutorials.

1 comments | Tags: dallas texas english language learners limited english proficiency bill sanderson | Topic: Elementary/Primary BAD >_<

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Mentoring programs in Dallas, Irving schools aim to give boost to young black males

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.dallasnews.com (Views: 216, Clicks: 1)  
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An increasing number of advocacy organizations nationwide are examining the achievement gaps involving race and gender, and in the inner cities and outlying suburbs. In the Dallas school district, the African-American Success Initiative task force formed in September and is dedicated to improving the students' academic performances.

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SMU to emphasize real-world ethics in all fields of study

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.dallasnews.com (Views: 159, Clicks: 1)  
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The ethics component is one part of what is essentially a multi-faceted effort to update SMU's image. University officials – from trustees to veteran professors – want to highlight the steps they've taken to expand the campus culture beyond athletics and fraternities.

0 comments | Tags: dallas texas southern methodist university ethics rita kirk center for ethics and public responsibility | Topic: Higher Education BAD >_<

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Pinkston High School assistant football coach accused of helping students cheat on TAKS math exam

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.dallasnews.com (Views: 193, Clicks: 2)  
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An alleged cheating plot at Pinkston High School is the focus of a state investigation after a Dallas ISD report found that a coach may have attempted to fill in answers for 20 students on a state math exam last year.

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Garland, 8 other area ISDs far outpace Dallas in new Texas bang-for-the-buck ratings

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.dallasnews.com (Views: 198, Clicks: 2)  
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Nine area school districts received a five-star rating from the Texas comptroller's office Wednesday based on a complex new system that looks at both TAKS score improvement and expenditures.

0 comments | Tags: dallas texas taks score garland texas data-driven analyses rob eissler | Topic: Other BAD >_<

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