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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.