The State Board of Education takes up a final vote today on new high school graduation requirements. Some education advocates are concerned that students will only need to take three, not four, social studies classes to graduate. Public Radio Station KUT in Austin looked into this issue.
Monthly Archives: January 2014
People who haven’t graduated from high school face taking a GED test that has changed dramatically. Paper is out. Online is in. The questions have also changed. Here’s how students and instructors in one Fort Worth class are adapting to the changes.
The KERA Radio story
How much money will you earn with a degree from the University of Texas system? How much debt after graduation will you rack up? UT System officials have unveiled a new website they say is the first of its kind to give salary and debt information of its students one to five years after graduation.
The idea for the site, seekUT, grew out of recommendations from the Student Debt Reduction Task Force, which has been looking at ways to address the growing student debt problem.
Teachers have a huge responsibility as they prepare students for the future. Tonight, you’ll hear how they do that in Teaching the Future, the second installment of a two-episode television series focused on education in North Texas.
The show airs at 7 p.m. on KERA TV. It features a roundtable discussion moderated by KERA’s Krys Boyd and one-on-one interviews with teachers Maribel Cantu of Lewisville ISD, Kecia Dennis of Birdville ISD, Ted Munger of Dallas ISD and Kevin Ng of Plano ISD. They’ll discuss how they’ve used music in the classroom, piloted a new engineering curriculum and incorporated other innovative ideas to connect with students.
George Siemens, an expert in digital learning, will be spearheading a new research lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, or LINK Lab, will look at how new technology – such as online learning – is affecting higher education.
The lab, which opens this spring, will explore such topics as the effectiveness of alternative teaching and the growing influence of data and analytics on higher education.
The KERA Radio story
The children’s advocacy organization, Children At Risk, just released its Texas School Guide: A Parent’s Roadmap to Success, looking at both Dallas and Fort Worth ISD.
The Guide contains more than essential basics like test score data, class size, and graduation rates. It includes magnet school details, application procedures and requirements, and charter school options.
The Guide also let’s you know about a school’s programs scheduled before and after normal hours, which may include sports/athletic programs and available art and music classes.
Workshops for parents on how to use this guide will be scheduled beginning later this month. The guide will exist not only online, but in print, for distribution in Dallas and Fort Worth over the next several weeks.
Jerome Oberlton served five months as Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles’ Chief of Staff before resigning once he told Miles he was under federal investigation from his time in Atlanta, where he had worked for the school system. The Dallas Morning News passed on information that he pleaded guilty to taking $60,000 in kickpacks, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and was sentenced to 3 years, 5 months.
Middle school can be a tough transitional period. Students leave the comfortable nest of elementary school and face new challenges like harder classes and older kids.
Middle school students and the obstacles they face is the focus today on Think at noon. As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, we talked to some middle schoolers hanging out at the mall to find out what they’re up against.