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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Kyle RenardOn 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 >>
The Presidents make a stop in Dallas
Teachers get axed and parents fret as Dallas' school leaders scramble to cover a budget hole
Wait, you can teach kids without boring them? Since when?
A popular coach is pushed out of the Catholic sports league
The DCT Blumes right onstage
A judge says Preston Hollow Elementary segregated white kids to please parents. The reality is deeper and maybe more troubling.
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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 >>
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 >>
Forgiving the past opened Sandora Irvin's future
Tennessee schoolkids teach the world a lesson in an inspirational documentary
Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School
Plus: Girls Wanted; The Eyes Have It; We Win
How do white people learn what to think about race? It's best not to think about it.
Revisiting the story of the 1937 New London gas explosion--the worst tragedy involving schoolchildren in American history
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
For a South Oak Cliff church considered a model for mixing faith and government, the line between church and state is thin indeeda
Call off the air strike on DISD headquarters--there's some good stuff going on in the district
Want to have some fun playing soccer? Stay out of Plano, kid.
A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD
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
An innovative math program recalculates which students will succeed and which will fail at DISD
DISD would rather protect itself and teachers than teach kids to read
New York-based Edison Schools flunked out with trying to privatize Sherman's public schools. Why should things be any different in Dallas?
Fort Worth schoolchildren get a lesson in censorship
Ponder officials jail second student; first-grader's report on Where the Wild Things Are deemed too violent
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.
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
How DISD betrays children of color
Andrew Baxter Jr. may be a mere child, but the 11-year-old guitarist is no novelty
"Jones' Geniuses" can calculate difficult math problems in their heads. But DISD hasn't always liked the answers.
Highland Park ISD's expansion plans target the homes of the district's less affluent residents
Earnest eggheads came to Texas with an idea that for-profit schools can save public education. So far, it ain't working.
A special-education student will remain with her friends