It was clear from the moment Joshua ISD officials cut the mic on Remington Reimer's Jesus-referencing valedictory speech that his case would be trotted out as an example of a Christian being persecuted for expressing his religious beliefs. Doubly so once Plano's Liberty Institute got involved. It wa ... More >>
The debate over Joshua ISD's decision last week to cut the mic on valedictorian Remington Reimer's graduation speech probably should have died by now. The oft-repeated claim that he was silenced for talking about God is belied by, among other things, the lengthy, overtly Christian prayer that closed ... More >>
Though pre-millennial generations may not always connect the dots between hip-hop and academics, things have come a long way since Biggie Smalls' crack rock & jump shot career options mentality of the mid-nineties. Now that rap has grown into a global, billion dollar industry, the culture has made m ... More >>
Remington Reimer's classmates at Joshua High School called him "Spock" -- less, it seems, due to any lack of human emotion than because he's whip-smart. The Cleburne Times-Review referred to him recently as the "most gifted, academically excellent student that Joshua High School has ever produced," ... More >>
For some Dallas ISD students, the senior year of high school is immensely valuable. There are mountains of college credits that can be accumulated free of charged through AP, IB, and dual-credit courses, and the mechanically inclined can enroll in vocational programs like Skyline's aeronautics clust ... More >>
A teacher gives her love to the Mexican.
After a veritable avalanche of public comments on Twitter and in 18 town hall meetings, DART's board of directors voted yesterday to hike -- er, "streamline" -- its fares. The changes go into effect on December 3. The cost of a local ride jumps up from $1.75 to $2.50, with a corresponding hike in t ... More >>
A while back, DART announced it was considering fare changes that will, assuming they are adopted, will go into effect on December 3. The proposal would do several things. It would streamline the fare structure and introduce variable pricing for peak- and non-peak hours, but for most riders, it wil ... More >>
Again, the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center houses some of the best individual high schools in the U.S.Exactly one month ago we got a look at longtime Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews' list of the best public high schools in the country -- the same list that used to run in Ne ... More >>
Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.
Speaking of the Dallas Independent School District ...This morning, The New York Times -- or, more to the point, The Times via its new-found relationship with the Texas Tribune and, in this instance, a partnership with the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Columbia University -- l ... More >>
The University of Texas at Austin sends word today that it's partnering with Dallas-based Education is Freedom -- the beneficiary of Mayor Tom's fund-raiser at the Dallas Zoo on June 26 -- on a pilot program intended to "support students who might not otherwise consider the university as an optio ... More >>
We said it just last week: The Texas Education Agency won't release its 2010 Accountability Ratings till the end of July, which hasn't stopped the Dallas Independent School District from spreading the good news concerning a fifth straight year of improved TAKS scores and additional schools being ... More >>
Perhaps you've seen the promotional materials -- they've been everywhere during the past five years, as the Dallas Independent School District (and superintendent Michael Hinojosa, especially) eased on down that Road to Broad, so named for the $2 million award given to urban school districts who ... More >>
DISD trustee Carla RangerAs we mentioned Monday, the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees will discuss at tomorrow's meeting its contingency plans for Kimball, Roosevelt, Pinkston and Seagoville high schools should the Texas Education Agency deem them academically unacceptable for ... More >>
Newsweek has yet again released its list of the top 1,500 public high schools in the U.S. -- and Dallas, with six on the list, has dropped one from the '08 scorecard: poor ol' Hillcrest High School, which last year came in at No. 547, dang. The School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell T ... More >>
Magnets just arent the budget-busters trustees are pretending they are.
On Tuesday of this week Dallas Independent School District spokesman Jon Dahlander responded to questions I had asked him last week for my column this week about per-pupil expenditures at high school campuses. Unfortunately, his response by e-mail reached me several days after my deadline had passed ... More >>
Every time I drive by Taylor Publishing's corporate offices and printing facility on Mockingbird, I'm reminded of the countless trips I had to make there when I was editing the Thomas Jefferson High School yearbook, The Document, in the mid-1980s. Some kids at a Pennsylvania high school will never h ... More >>
Get Greased at the Inwood
This shirt's available from the Goss-Michael Foundation online boutique. Which means it's time to ditch this tee. George Michael and Kenny Goss want to give you $5,000. If, that is, you're a "high school graduating seniors interested in pursuing a college education in music or visual arts." Today, t ... More >>
Melinda French doesn't do just a whole lot of interviews -- she usually lets her husband, departing (or is that, departing?) Microsoftie Bill Gates, do the couple's heavy high-profile lifting for the two of them, as she's off running their foundation and raising their three kids. But this week, the ... More >>
Inside the hallways of the School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, which is either the best or 14th-best high school in the nation, depending Thomas Jefferson High School's the highest-ranked high school in the land, says the issue of U.S News and World Report hitting ... More >>
Again, this is probably a subject better tackled by Bible Girl, but the Texas Freedom Network just shot over a press release concerning House Bill 1287, which was introduced in February by Friend of Passover State Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) and would require every public high school in the state t ... More >>
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Itinerant minister Charles Wilkerson promised to restore two ailing Christian schools to financial health. So why did the patients take a turn for the worse?
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
Man with the Plan DISD's New Math
A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD
The Americanized culture of undocumented immigrants finds the doors to higher education closed
Poor, brown, and inner-city. These Adamson High School kids weren't supposed to make it. They did anyway.
Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a tough lesson -- one the state should have known four years and $77 million ago.
Racialy tinged civil war looms in Richardson ISD