There's a robust debate, and a small handful of legislative proposals, aimed at reforming a school disciplinary system that charges hundreds of thousands of students each year with misdemeanors for things like chewing gum or wearing too much perfume.
What happened today at DISD's alternative school ... More >>
A week after a whistle-blowing teacher was suspended without explanation, parents at Botello Elementary in Oak Cliff say they are fed up with the lack of information about what they call the "illegal presence of firearms and drugs in school." (See correction at bottom.)
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Alternative elementary schools used for discipline are a "pipeline to prison" and a drain on Dallas Independent School District's budget that should be closed, a group of DISD parents and activists said today.
Alternative school opponents waded across the unkempt lawn at NW Harllee Elementary schoo ... More >>
Via.Last we checked there were around 800 teachers vying for 700 vacancies scattered throughout the Dallas Independent School District. Which, sure, sounds a little odd, given that only a few months ago the district was considering thousands of layoffs due to the state's decision to gut public ed ... More >>
View more videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com.Above is KXAS-Channel 5's story from last night about teachers who camped out at 3700 Ross last night to sign up at 8 this morning for their up-to-$10,000 buyout; on the other side is WFAA-Channel 8's. In both I see my son's kindergarten, first-grade and a ... More >>
Kids are back in school, which means their summer diet of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Mountain Dew is giving way to ... black bean burgers and hummus? What the what? In our day, school lunches were composed of compressed mystery meat, gubment cheese and sugar. We'd have laughed the lunch lady right ... More >>
Over the weekend, New York Times personal finance writer Tara Siegel Bernard visited with Sunset High School's Mathew Frost, an 11th and 12th grade American history and economics teacher giving his students a real-world look at how to balance the books. In other words, he's teaching to the actual ... More >>
Erykah Badu publicist Paul Levatino just sent word that the Dallas hip-hop goddess will make a special appearance Saturday at Yo Gabba Gabba! Live at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco."I love this show," Badu said via press release, "especially because it uses 808 drums sounds to teach kids the alphabet ... More >>
Speaking of the Dallas Independent School District and grant money ...I was poking around the briefing agenda for this week's meeting of the board of trustees and noticed this intriguing item: NASA -- yes, that NASA, not this NASA -- is giving the DISD, via the Foundation for Community Empowermen ... More >>
Jeremy Woodhouse/AudubonFormer Unfair Park-er Alexa Schirtzinger sure dug her some nature, if you recall. So it's not surprising she shows up in the latest issue of Audubon talking up the Trinity River Audubon Center. But she also tells the tale of how a teacher at Rufus C. Burleson Elementary Sc ... More >>
Fourth-graders leading a political movement, paying for tap water...
JaseMan, via FlickrWisconsin fourth-graders are organizing to boycott their school's lunches. Even weirder? Administrators take it seriously. The kids want healthier options on the menu and worked with their teacher to set up ... More >>
Probably not exactly what Senator Jane Nelson has in mind, but close enoughThis week, state Sen. Jane Nelson, a Republican from Flower Mound, introduced legislation to combat childhood obesity by requiring more P.E. time for school-age children. S.B. 890 was one of three pieces of legislation she in ... More >>
Earlier today our downstairs neighbors at Big Thought sent the image above, which you've no doubt seen if you've window-shopped at NorthPark Center during this most wonderful (enh) time of the year. It's the storefront at Barney's New York, where the theme's "Have a Hippie Holiday," which, I'll assu ... More >>
Interesting how these things go. Yesterday I posted an item about DART. The comments thread turned into a discussion of DISD. Did people just get confused about the acronyms?
I don’t think so. I think the school system is very much on people’s minds now, mainly for bad reasons. The discussi ... More >>