When a choked-up Anthony Tovar announced to a gathering of parents and supporters in April that he would resign as principal of Sunset High School -- for real this time -- he wouldn't delve too deeply into why. He'd already done so in an earlier conversation with the Observer back before he rescind ... More >>
In a key win for the district's embattled administration, Dallas Independent School District trustees voted tonight to fire two principals and as many as 400 teachers, over the often heated objections of employees and activists. It was the culmination of months of debate and protests over Superinte ... More >>
What's happened at Sunset High School over the last seven years has been, if not quite a miracle, than at least proof that a struggling inner city school with a highly impoverished, almost entirely minority student body can be turned around. Dropout rates have gone down, graduation rates up. More st ... More >>
Oddfellows restaurant and Dallas Odd Fellows Lodge #44 are hosting an Odd County Fair on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at 7th and Madison streets in the Bishop Arts District. The aim of the fair is to raise money for the Sunset High School marching band to make the trip to national band competition i ... More >>
Should you need me 'round 3 today I'll be moderating a Q&A at the Plano Centre with Nichelle Nichols, former singer with the Duke Ellington Band, star of the James Baldwin play Blues for Mister Charlie and -- oh, right -- Star Trek's original Lt. Uhura. Nichols is here for that Sci-Fi Expo ce ... More >>
Damn it. I'd been meaning to mention this all day, and now the day done got away from me. But there's still time -- close to two hours till the Texas Theatre screens Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It's easily my favorite film written by ... 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 >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsBlanketed by a fresh coat of snow, the hole three hilltop at Stevens Park loomed like an Oak Cliff Matterhorn this morning, and for the lucky ones in the neighborhood with nowhere else to be, it was home to the sweetest sledding in town.A few kids got to show off how thei ... More >>
Thomas Jefferson High School, which, ahem, some of us have always recognized as one of DISD's finest learning establishmentsBased on preliminary calculations and TAKS results, a record number of Dallas Independent School District campuses are poised to be classified as "recognized" or "exemplary" b ... More >>
The Rangers' hitting coach is remarkable, resilient and really good at his job
In just a few years, David Wells has eaten a big slice of Dallas' bail-bond business. His secret? It depends on whom you ask.
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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
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.
Dallas-raised Terry Southern wrote Easy Rider, hung with the Beatles, and influenced a generation. But he died penniless, and now his son must pay off Terry's debts--and restore his father's legacy.
A Dallas jury is forced to sift through the wreckage of a family destroyed by the infamous Norplant rape case
Principal Mike Stiles was turning Dallas' troubled Sunset High around - until a critical misjudgement threw him into a political snakepit