What a difference a Williams makes. This morning -- on the day Dallas school trustees are supposed to decide whether to pull the rug from under reform Superintendent Mike Miles -- I looked at two sets of reports on the school district, one from Don Williams, the retired real estate executive who wan ... More >>
Love of children, compassion for children, the instincts that propel us to shelter and nurture our young: These are profound and innate. But that doesn't mean they can't be tricky. Back in the '90s I was on the board of directors of Head Start of Greater Dallas. Briefly. African-American leaders ca ... More >>
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 >>
If DISD's Mike Miles has a plan for that, then let's give him a chance.
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.) In a letter to district offi ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Teachers get axed and parents fret as Dallas' school leaders scramble to cover a budget hole
Former 'N Syncer spills the beans in a surprisingly good bio
Save the bump and grind for strippers. Let's do some dancing.
Texarkana's biggest band finally gets up the nerve to say hi to Supergrass
Party at the park
Stonewall Jackson Elementary
Westminster Presbyterian Pre-School and Kindergarten
SEEDless in DISD
A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD
And the business community wants to take over the Dallas school system exactly why?
Denton residents like Parks and Delores Olmon want to know how a posse of city slickers managed to railroad plans for a lead-belching copper factory in their town
When it came to spending, Dallas' former superintendent always thought big
Kathryn Benton, a 12-year-old afflicted with Angelman syndrome, cannot talk. But the special friendship she has with Emily Faber, a gifted fourth-grader from McKinney, speaks volumes.
In JP Jones' court, you can be found guilty without even being charged