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The Pricey Game Of Youth Sports: Using A Private Coach To Boost Hoop Dreams


Ricky Rijos is ratcheting up his hoop dreams. Ricky, who’s a member of KERA’s Class of ’17, has left one private basketball coach for a new, pricier one – whose clients include NBA and top college players. As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, here’s a glimpse inside the big-dollar world of youth sports.

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Arron Cao and Sam Wang just arrived from Shanghai, China and will be attending high school at International Leadership of Texas, a Garland charter school.

Class of ’17: Chinese Students Will Study And Live At Garland Charter School Campus


The first day of school is a week and a half away, and 20 new students who just arrived from China are already settling in at International Leadership of Texas. Each kid will be assigned a student mentor at the Garland charter school. One of those mentors is a member of KERA’s Class of ’17 project.

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Class of ’17: A New School And A Second Chance On The Court


Phantasia Chavers has been practicing her volleyball skills this summer. This week, she's trying out for the Cedar Hill JV girls volleyball team.

Stella M. Chávez

Phantasia Chavers has been practicing her volleyball skills this summer. This week, she’s trying out for the Cedar Hill JV girls volleyball team.

Classes at most North Texas schools begin in a few weeks. When Phantasia Chavers starts 10th grade at Cedar Hill High School, she hopes to be spending time after school on the JV volleyball team. Phantasia’s one of the Class of ’17 students KERA’s been following as part of the American Graduate initiative. And for her, a new school year means a new school and a second chance on the court.

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Students at International Leadership of Texas recently picked up the school's first yearbook. Some of the students say they've never seen a yearbook before and don't mind that it's not a digital book.

Class of ’17: Yearbooks Are Still Cool With These Digital-Savvy Teens


These days, kids are most likely to text each other or communicate with apps like Snapchat. They post photos on Instagram and they tweet what they’re doing throughout the day. As part of KERA’s American Graduate initiative, we talk to some students about how even in this fast-paced digital world, the printed yearbook is still an end-of-the-year highlight for some students.

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Chance's therapist instructs him to squeeze the therapy ball. The bumps on the ball massage the muscles in his hand, which have weakened over time.

Class of ’17: Working On His Independence


 

Unlike a lot of kids his age, Chance Hawkins needs help with the most basic of needs – getting out of bed, getting dressed and brushing his teeth. That’s common for those diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The disease is almost always fatal before the age of 30. Chance is a member of KERA’s Class of ’17. KERA checked in with him to see how he’s working on gaining some independence.

 

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Class of ’17 Yearbook Project


 

As part of its American Graduate initiative, KERA is looking for a North Texas high school media class to become a partner on a project called the Class of ’17 Yearbook. The idea is for the students in the class to team with teachers and KERA journalists to write posts on the KERA education blog, record and edit audio and video, and create social media streams with student-generated content.

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Class of ’17: Battling Teenage Depression In High School


Phantasia Chavers, a ninth grader in Cedar Hill and one of KERA's Class of '17 students, recently took up the guitar. In school, she sometimes teased for being interested in things other kids aren't.

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Phantasia Chavers, a ninth grader in Cedar Hill and one of KERA’s Class of ’17 students, wants to learn how to play the guitar. In school, she’s sometimes teased for being interested in things other kids aren’t. She says she doesn’t want to do what everyone else thinks is popular.

 

One in ten adolescents suffers from depression by age 18. It’s something that one of the members of KERA’s Class of ’17 is wrestling with. We check back in with Cedar Hill ninth grader Phantasia Chavers.

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In his world geography class, Joel Luera is learning how to analyze and research material. His teacher, Jonathan Martin, says Joel is inquisitive and likes talking about global politics and the world economy.

Class Of ’17: Going To School Is Not Debatable For Samuell High Student


Ninth-grader Joel Luera is a smart kid in a tough neighborhood. Sometimes other kids don’t get why he’s so studious. He loves to read – so much that he’s in a book club at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas. Joel is the latest kid to join KERA’s series Class of ’17 – a five-year project following a group of North Texas students from 8th grade to graduation. It’s part of the national public media initiative American Graduate. Read More

Yolanda Bautista has lived in Grapevine for 13 years. She says she welcomes a language assessment center because she would like to talk to school officials about how her two sons -- Abraham, 10 and Daniel, 7 -- are doing in learning English.

New Language Center Will Assist Immigrant Families In Grapevine-Colleyville District


When families arrive from another country, school districts have to determine a student’s home language and explain to parents how the school system here works. We look at how one suburban school district is opening a center similar to those found in larger, urban districts.

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How Important Are The SAT And ACT?


A new report raises questions about whether tests like the SAT and ACT are a good indicator of how well students will do in college. The study, which was published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, looked at student data from 33 colleges and universities around the country that have optional admissions policies. You can see an interview with the study’s author below and read more about it here.

Study finds high SAT and ACT scores might not spell success at collegeTRANSCRIPT PBS NewsHour education coverage is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting . JUDY WOODRUFF: It’s one of those times of the year when high school juniors aiming for college are getting ready to take the SAT or the ACT, but a large new study is challenging the value of these well-known standardized tests.

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