When you think of book clubs, you don’t necessarily think of boys. And when you look at the most recent Nation’s Report Card, the scores reveal that boys don’t fare as well as girls on reading tests. Here’s one book club that’s bucking that trend.
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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.
Nearly 90 percent of students in Dallas public schools qualified for free and reduced-priced meals last year, and district officials say about that many could be eligible this year.
Processing that many meal applications costs money, so the district is changing the program by offering free breakfast and lunch to all of its students.
A long line of leaders of Dallas schools has come and gone since August 1884 when a man named W. A. Boles was elected superintendent. KERA’s Shelley Kofler looks at this revolving door of superintendents in a story that aired today.
It’s worth noting, that in a quarter century, no Dallas school district superintendent has lasted more than six years. Through the years, there have been some retirements, resignations, firings, a few interims and even a prison sentence.
Vogel Alcove, a longtime champion of homeless children, has found larger digs. The Dallas Independent School District, which has a partnership with the nearly 25-year organization, said today that the group would be moving into the district’s former City Park Elementary School building south of downtown.
The new home will be four times larger than Vogel’s current location and will allow the organization to offer more services. The group serves children 6 weeks to 5 years old and provides free childcare and case management for families in local emergency and domestic violence shelters as well as housing programs.
According to the group, family homlessness has risen 36 percent during the past couple of years. On Thursday, some of the kids Vogel has helped will kick off the move and renovation of the new building by knocking down a faux wall.
Thomas Edison Middle Learning Center in West Dallas is set to become the first brain-trained center in the country. KERA’s BJ Austin reports that the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas is taking its Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training program, otherwise known as SMART, to the school to help teach students how to think and learn.
This intiative comes on the heels of new research showing that poverty can affect a child’s cognitive ability. As it turns out, Edison is in the the country’s 11th poorest zip code.
The state’s new school accountability system came out last week and many folks are still looking at how schools in their area fared and what it all means. Education Reporter Matthew Haag at The Dallas Morning News points out how four Dallas public schools did what only 22 other Texas schools did — go from the lowest rating of “academically unacceptable” under the previous accountability system to “met standard” under the new ratings. It was the most of any school district.
Every year, a group of Dallas public school librarians puts out a list of 20 children’s books that are bilingual or in Spanish. The objective is to help other librarians pick out books for the nearly 40 percent of students in the district who don’t speak English or speak it well. Since this initiative began in 2006, the list has gotten the attention of librarians far beyond the district.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles has told his top staff and board trustees that his wife, Karen, and youngest child, Anthony, plan to move back to Colorado Springs. Miles said in an email Sunday night that the move will help insulate his son, who is going into seventh grade, from negative media coverage.