June 24, 2013 1:44 pm
Supreme Court Sends Texas Affirmative Actions Case Back To Lower Court
A local constitutional law expert says today’s Supreme Court ruling on the use of affirmative action in University of Texas admissions seems to suggest that a full trial will be needed to determine whether affirmative action lives or dies.
June 24, 2013 5:45 am
What The New Charter School Bill Could Mean For Texas
Thanks to a new law, the number of charter school operators in Texas is going to grow from 215 to more than 300. That expansion could include more charter schools from outside Texas.
June 19, 2013 5:09 pm
Houstonians Weigh In On Supreme Court Case Fisher v. UT
Within a week, the U.S. Supreme Court could rule on a high profile case about race and college admissions. It's Fisher versus the University of Texas at Austin. A white student believed she was denied admissions in 2008 because non-white students got extra consideration.
June 18, 2013 5:17 pm
How Students Follow In Astronauts' Footsteps … Literally
As part of their summer vacation, 50 area middle school students designed a durable space suit and rubbed elbows with the first African American astronaut to walk in space. The kids from all over Houston got to sharpen their math and science skills at the University of Houston.
June 18, 2013 4:39 pm
How The Houston School District Plans To Cover A $24 Million Deficit With 2-Cent Tax Hike
School's out for the summer. But many school districts are still at work, figuring out their budgets for next year. The board for the Houston Independent School District is considering a 2-cent property tax increase.
June 14, 2013 5:36 pm
North Forest ISD Continues Fight Even After Judge Dismisses Lawsuit
The North Forest School District is running out of legal options as it fights closure. Today, a judge in Austin dismissed the district's lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency. The district's last hope is the Justice department.
June 12, 2013 5:20 pm
Flashback To 1973: US High School Graduation Rate Almost At 75 Percent
A new report shows that the high school graduation rate is improving in the United States. The national rate is now almost 75 percent. The last time it was that high was forty years ago, in 1973. Where does Texas fits into the national picture?
June 11, 2013 5:13 pm
Why Only 11 Percent Of Low-Income Students Receive Summer Meals
School is out for the summer. But the cafeteria is open at more than 250 schools in Houston. It’s part of a federal program with USDA to keep many kids from going hungry during the summer months.
June 10, 2013 5:09 pm
Perry Signs Bill To Change Graduation Plan, Cut Back Standardized Testing In High School
Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law six education bills. One of them is House Bill 5. It's the bill that rolls back standardized testing and also changes the high school graduation plan.
June 7, 2013 12:41 pm
Uneven Job Gains For Class of 2013
For the last five years, high school and college graduates entering the workforce have faced bleak prospects. While the Class of 2013 has cause for more optimism, the job market for many graduates remains challenging.
June 6, 2013 4:32 pm
Students Graduate With High School Diploma And $4,000 College Scholarship
This weekend thousands of seniors are graduating from high schools in the Greater Houston area. Some students say extra support helped them reach that milestone.
June 4, 2013 5:25 pm
What Will Houston Children Need To Compete In The Future?
Is Houston ready for another million neighbors? That's the question the city faces as planners anticipate an influx of a million people over the next 20 years. Social services groups are worried about what effect that will have on children.
June 4, 2013 3:04 pm
Superintendent: Pending Education Bill Could Impact Summer Courses
Texas lawmakers have sent a major education bill to the Governor. Supporters, especially parents frustrated with testing in schools, are waiting to see if it becomes law or not. The waiting game may also affect districts and students in Houston.
June 3, 2013 4:46 pm
Houston Clergy Members Ensure Another Safe End Of School Year
The halls of many schools in the area will have familiar faces this week as students count down the final days of class. Hundreds of ministers will join school district police officers as they roam campus hallways in an annual effort to ensure a safe and peaceful end to the school year.
May 31, 2013 4:52 pm
Judge's Order Puts Closure Of North Forest School District On Pause For Now
The state closure of the North Forest Independent School District is on pause, for now. An Austin judge issued a temporary restraining order against closure at least until a hearing in two weeks.
May 30, 2013 2:53 pm
Despite North Forest's Prayers, Texas Education Commissioner Says School District Will Close
The North Forest Independent School District is continuing to fight a state shut down even though just last week a judge rejected their appeal. Earlier this year the Commissioner of Education recommended closing North Forest — for a second time — because of poor academics and financial problems. But community members are holding onto hope, and prayer.
May 29, 2013 5:06 pm
Houston Students Receive $165,000 In Scholarships From Broad Foundation
This week education researchers are visiting the Houston Independent School District. It's part of the competition for the nation's top award in education, known as the Broad Prize.
May 28, 2013 3:56 pm
How More Schools Are Turning To Security Guards For Safety
Schools across Texas have been updating their security plans since the tragic shooting last year at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Schools in the Houston region have different approaches.
May 24, 2013 3:06 pm
How The Charter School Bill Aims To Tighten Rules For Poor Performing Charters In Texas
Texas lawmakers are close to working out differences on a major education bill. It's known as Senate Bill 2. It would lift the cap of charter school contracts in Texas. But some consider another part of the bill even more important.
May 22, 2013 10:56 am
Houston Students Help Produce BBC Radio Show From School
This week, students in Houston got a special visit from an international broadcast team. Students helped produce the show World Have Your Say from the BBC, right from their school library.
May 21, 2013 6:30 am
Lessons In School Safety And Deadly Chemicals From Galena Park
Earlier this week, StateImpact's Dave Fehling reported how it's important for communities and schools to know their neighbors when deadly chemicals are next door at industrial plants. It’s also important for schools to prepare for an emergency.
May 20, 2013 4:10 pm
State Sen. Dan Patrick: 'The Era Of CSCOPE Lesson Plans Has Come To An End'
Over the last seven years, more than 800 school districts in Texas have turned to an online system for help with lesson plans. The program is called CSCOPE and was developed by the state. But its lesson plans have been controversial and subject to debate in the Texas Legislature. Now those lessons are over.
May 20, 2013 6:01 am
Why Texas Makes Kindergarteners Take Standardized Tests
High stakes testing is a hot button issue in public education. State lawmakers are poised to scale back tests in high school. But some parents are worried about tests for younger kids — as young as kindergarten.
May 17, 2013 11:50 am
High School Students Compete In International Science Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is today in Phoenix, Arizona, hosting more than 1,600 high school students from around the world. There are participants from the Houston area.
May 16, 2013 4:51 pm
Rice University To Launch New Institute For Religious Tolerance
A Houston couple is giving Rice University nearly $30 milion dollars to start a new institute. It will work to promote religious tolerance.
May 16, 2013 3:21 pm
Study Gives New Reasons Why Recess Helps Kids In School
Think back on recess in school and maybe you remember playing kickball or swinging on monkey bars. Besides fun and games, a new study shows recess can help students in other ways.
May 14, 2013 12:29 pm
What The Failed $500 Million Bond Proposal Means For Lone Star College
Over the weekend, voters rejected a bond package worth almost $500 million for the Lone Star College System. It would have paid for more classrooms and technology upgrades, among other things. Why did the bond fail and what it means for the college?
May 13, 2013 10:59 am
Why Texas Summer Camps Attract Kids Across The Country
As the school year comes to a close, parents look to summer camps to keep their kids entertained. For those campsites, it's the eleventh hour. They're hurrying to put the final touches on their program before they open their doors for the summer.
May 10, 2013 5:44 pm
Rice University To Offer More Massive Online Courses
Across the country, universities and colleges are experimenting with new online courses with massive enrollments. Here in Houston, Rice University has not only joined the experiment, but has decided to expand the number of online classes.
May 10, 2013 2:33 pm
New Magnet Policy Will Create Online Application For Students
Magnet schools started in the 1970s as a way to desegregate classrooms. Now they're known for special academic programs, like the visual arts or health sciences. In the Houston Independent School District, the board has approved a new way to manage those programs.