Elementary Education

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Why Send Newborn Babies to Prison If We Don't Have To?

    Stop me if I told you this already. Oh, hah-hah, it's print, isn't it? You can't stop me. Well then just bear with me. In American schools, kids learn to read from kindergarten through the third grade. From fourth grade on, they read to learn. Kids who can't read by fourth grade never really know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Jobs, Crime and Schools: Tie the Most Depressing Stories Together and Find Hope

    The pressure to spit out news stories as fast as they happen, a disinclination to provide linkages that might look too subjective, a simple failure in our own ability to see: for whatever reason, we in the news business seldom show you how the stories we present to you are tied together. And yet, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Dallas ISD Is Pumping Millions into Helping Parents Prepare Their Kids for School

    Every time we broach the subject of improving Dallas ISD, the chorus starts in before we get too far: It starts with the parents. District officials appear to agree. In a recent vote, the district earmarked $2.75 million for parent-education programs, including the expansion of an Israeli-born prog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Beyond the Stink Over Shirley Ison-Newsome's Departure, Remembering the Good She Did at DISD

    OK, I guess we're all going to pile on departing Dallas school executive Shirley Ison-Newsome, a person accused of serial scandals and of making off with a bunch of loot in the form of a "golden parachute." Look, Unfair Park Czar Eric Nicholson was quite right to observe a week ago that there were a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Chicago's Teacher Quality Debate? Texas Republicans Built That. Thank God.

    The New York Times this morning has a piece arguing that the Chicago teachers strike is a window on the nation's heart over the last few years, where education is concerned. I would say it's been 15 years at least, and in a weird way a lot of it started right here in Dallas. In the mid-'90s Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Sadness, Loss as Bonham Elementary School Prepares for Consolidation

    Today is the last Friday of the school year for Dallas ISD schools. For 11 schools in the city slated for consolidation after a school board vote, like the 89-year-old James B. Bonham Elementary, this Friday holds even more significance. Next week, after the students leave, the teachers will pack al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Tom Field Principal Ousted Here, Then in D.C., Tells Washington Post She Did Nothing Wrong

    ​In November The News broke the news that Roslyn Carter, the principal at Tom Field Elementary, took teaching to the test a little too far -- at least, according to Dallas Independent School District investigators. Acting on anonymous tips, the district says it discovered that Carter told her thir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Seven-Plus Years After It Opened, Nasher Sculpture Center Celebrates One Millionth Visitor

    Jesse SidlauskasFourth grade teacher Cheri Flynn is congratulated for being the Nasher's millionth visitor, as the student in line ahead of her -- possibly the actual millionth visitor -- looks on.​From the day the Nasher Sculpture Center first opened its doors in October 2003, until 11 a.m. this ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 27, 2011
  • News

    September 9, 2010
  • News

    July 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Reasons No. 487 and 826 Why Parents Don't Send Their Children to Dallas Public Schools

    Kyle Renard​On Monday I moderated a District 1 school board candidates debate, and long story short, all four contenders were thoughtful, well-reasoned and dead-level; even 79-year-old long-shot Melvin Cannon's call for more vocational education was greeted with a few nods of approval. Most of the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009
  • Calendar

    October 9, 2008

    Speaking Of Candidates

    The Presidents make a stop in Dallas

  • News

    October 9, 2008

    DISD In the Hole

    Teachers get axed and parents fret as Dallas' school leaders scramble to cover a budget hole

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Kids Go Holistic at Robert Muller Center

    Wait, you can teach kids without boring them? Since when?

  • News

    October 25, 2007

    Chaos Amid Dallas Parochial League

    A popular coach is pushed out of the Catholic sports league

  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Just Fudge It

    The DCT Blumes right onstage

  • News

    February 8, 2007
  • News

    January 11, 2007

    Split Decision

    A judge says Preston Hollow Elementary segregated white kids to please parents. The reality is deeper and maybe more troubling.

  • Calendar

    August 24, 2006


    Get smart at Borders

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    Re: Hollow News

    A Friend of Unfair Park read the item this morning about a federal lawsuit, and the resulting trial, alleging racial segregation at Preston Hollow Elementary School and offered this insightful anecdote: "My son was a student there some time ago, with a different administration. The first week of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    Hollow News

    On April 18, Lucresia Mayorga Santamaria filed a federal civil-rights suit against the Dallas Independent School District--as well as DISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa and Preston Hollow Elementary School principal Teresa Parker--in which Santamaria alleged the school was segregating her three ch ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 23, 2006
  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Alone No More

    Forgiving the past opened Sandora Irvin's future

  • Film

    February 17, 2005

    Great Clips

    Tennessee schoolkids teach the world a lesson in an inspirational documentary

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Use of a Bond Issue

    Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Unbuttoned-Down Muse

    Plus: Girls Wanted; The Eyes Have It; We Win

  • News

    August 22, 2002

    Crossing Division Street

    How do white people learn what to think about race? It's best not to think about it.

  • News

    February 21, 2002

    "Today, a Generation Died."

    Revisiting the story of the 1937 New London gas explosion--the worst tragedy involving schoolchildren in American history

  • News

    May 24, 2001

    Separate and Unequal

    In a school district that still sees the city in terms of black and white, Hispanics say their children are robbed of a fair share

  • News

    May 10, 2001



  • News

    February 22, 2001

    For God and Country

    For a South Oak Cliff church considered a model for mixing faith and government, the line between church and state is thin indeeda

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Little Schools That Could

    Call off the air strike on DISD headquarters--there's some good stuff going on in the district

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Out of Their League

    Want to have some fun playing soccer? Stay out of Plano, kid.

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Public defenders

    A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD

  • News

    May 25, 2000


    The problems at Silberstein Elementary--too few bilingual teachers, a PTA divided, tensions between black administrators and Hispanic parents--are a microcosm of the issues DISD faces districtwide

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    Planting SEEDs of hope

    An innovative math program recalculates which students will succeed and which will fail at DISD

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Why Johnny's in the dumpster

    DISD would rather protect itself and teachers than teach kids to read

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    No class

    New York-based Edison Schools flunked out with trying to privatize Sherman's public schools. Why should things be any different in Dallas?

  • News

    January 20, 2000


    Fort Worth schoolchildren get a lesson in censorship

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Stop the madness

    Ponder officials jail second student; first-grader's report on Where the Wild Things Are deemed too violent

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    No place like home

    Thousands of Texans say they can do a better job teaching their children at home. But some local truant officers claim parents are using a massive loophole in Texas law to skip school altogether.

  • News

    November 26, 1998

    Math wars

    Plano parents lay siege to enthusiasts of the "New New Math" in a fight over how to fix the sorry state of math instruction in the public schools

  • News

    September 10, 1998

    Some Fly, Some Die

    How DISD betrays children of color

  • Music

    July 2, 1998

    Little boy blues

    Andrew Baxter Jr. may be a mere child, but the 11-year-old guitarist is no novelty

  • News

    September 4, 1997

    Too Smart For Their Own Good

    "Jones' Geniuses" can calculate difficult math problems in their heads. But DISD hasn't always liked the answers.

  • News

    September 26, 1996

    The price of privilege

    Highland Park ISD's expansion plans target the homes of the district's less affluent residents

  • News

    August 15, 1996

    The Learning Curve

    Earnest eggheads came to Texas with an idea that for-profit schools can save public education. So far, it ain't working.

  • News

    June 6, 1996

    Held back by love

    A special-education student will remain with her friends

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