Monthly Archives: November 2013

Texas Board Of Education Takes Up Discussion About Advanced Courses


Now that Texas lawmakers have revamped high school graduation requirements, the State Board of Education must decide what courses should be considered advanced. KUHF Public Radio in Houston looks at this issue, which the board takes up this week. A final decision is expected in January.

 

Texas Board Of Education Grapples With ‘Advanced’ Courses For High SchoolFor months, state education leaders have been grappling with some big decisions. They have to fill in some of the blanks on what courses count under the new basic graduation requirements for Texas high school students. Donna Bahorich represents Greater Houston on the State Board of Education.

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Instructor Casey Parrott, who oversees the Create program at My Possibilities, works with student Audrey on her rainbow painting.

Plano School Offers Endless Possibilities For Adults With Disabilities


When kids with autism, Asperger’s and Down syndrome get too old for high school, the next big challenge is how to build an independent life. That’s what the Plano non-profit My Possibilities specializes in. The center is taking an artful approach.

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Number of International Students At U.S. Colleges On The Rise


 

Lu Han and Jing Zhao are both from China now studying at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Lu Han and Jing Zhao are both from China now studying at the University of Texas at Dallas.

There are more foreign students in the U.S. than ever before. Texas ranks third in the nation. That’s according to the latest Open Doors Report released Monday by the nonprofit Institute of International Education. The University of Texas at Dallas has the third-highest number of international students in the state. KERA visited the campus to hear from students who’ve made the decision to leave their home country in search of a higher education.

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Parents Want Out Of Dallas Public Schools, Call For New District


A group of parents led by former State Rep. Allen Vaught is pushing for its own school district in the White Rock area. A Facebook page in support of the effort has been created and there's talk of holding a meeting next.

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A group of parents led by former State Rep. Allen Vaught is pushing for its own school district in the White Rock area. He’s created a Facebook page in support of the effort and plans to hold a meeting to discuss the idea.

A group of parents who live around White Rock Lake in East Dallas wants to split from the Dallas Independent School District. That’s right, the group wants to secede and create a new school district it’s calling White Rock ISD. But the hurdles are high.

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Getting Low-Income Students Into Top Universities


Students from low-income families often don’t apply to the best schools in the country. Ivy League universities like Harvard have noticed and are trying to figure out how best to connect with those students.

Yesterday’s show Here & Now featured a story from Houston’s public radio station KUHF that looks at how one program there is tackling this issue head-on.

Houston Program Connects Low-Income Students With Top CollegesROBIN YOUNG, HOST: It’s HERE AND NOW. Harvard recently announced the start of a new campaign to encourage more low-income students to apply to elite schools, which have been criticized for not doing enough to recruit gifted students of little means.

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Student teacher Fatina Jalambo holds up the camera toward the class so teacher Bilal Douass in Tangier, Morocco can see the students he's talking to via Skype. Jalambo was born and raised in Kuwait.

North Texas Students Travel To Morocco To Learn Arabic … Virtually


Students learning Arabic at Central Junior High in Bedford have three teachers – the two in their classroom and another one 5,000 miles away. In Morocco. Once a month, the class calls him up on Skype. The students practice speaking Arabic and learn something about breaking down cultural barriers, too.

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