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HISD Approves Statistical Analysis to Grade Teachers

Posted on · Some teachers booed as Houston School Board Trustees OK'd a plan to allow the firing of educators with consistently low value added scores. Rod Rice reports that HISD says it's a way to get a good teacher in every classroom, while the teacher's union says it may be an illegal way to evaluate teachers.

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Education Pioneers Brings Top Talent to Area Schools

Posted on · A career in education usually evokes images of teachers or principals. But in reality there are many educational positions in areas like policy, law and business. Getting the best and brightest people to work in those areas is the mission of Education Pioneers; a national organization that just last month announced that Houston would be its seventh site. Rod Rice reports.

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Money Reward for Helping Students Academically

Posted on · There are a lot of smiling faces in the Houston Independent School District. More than 40-million dollars in performance bonuses were handed out to teachers and staff whose students made the biggest gain scholastically. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Education Pioneers to Recruit and Train Education Leaders

Posted on · A national network of education leaders and entrepreneurs is launching an effort in Houston to recruit and train 100 new education leaders by 2012. Rod Rice reports that Education Pioneers is coming to Houston because of grants from the Houston Endowment and the Arnold Family Foundation.

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School Districts May Still Apply for Federal Funding

Posted on · It might not be the end of the federal grant money for education that was recently turned down by Texas Governor Rick Perry. President Barack Obama announced this week that he will let individual school districts apply for that money. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Perry: Money is not Worth It

Posted on · Governor Rick Perry says Texas will not be competing for up to 700-million dollars in federal stimulus money for education. He says the money is not worth it. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Inner City Kids Meet Outdoor Life

Posted on · In the urban sprawl of Houston it can be hard for kids to connect with nature. That's why the legacy land trust has a new program called No Child Left Inside. As Laurie Johnson reports — it's designed to give kids who might not otherwise have access to wildlife and forests the chance to experience wilderness settings firsthand.

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Students Crowd Toyota Center in Dream Tour ’09

Posted on · Earlier this week, thousands of screaming kids were inspired at a concert in downtown Houston. But they weren't there to hear music. They were there for math and science in the final stop of the "dream tour" presented by a former NASA astronaut. Pat Hernandez has more:

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HISD Students Top in Math

Posted on · There's good news for the Houston Independent School District. Fourth and eight graders scored as well or better on a national math test than students in other larger urban districts. HISD's new superintendent made the announcement. Bill Stamps has more.

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Houston Football Legend Teaches Finance to Students

Posted on · What's more important — your GPA or your credit score? This discussion happened at a Galveston high school as students took part in what's called "Financial Football." The guest was Hall of Famer and Houston legend Warren Moon. Bill Stamps has more.

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Local Programs Aim to Keep Kids in School

Posted on · Last month many HISD Administrators, including the new superintendent, hit the streets looking for students who had dropped out of school. It's become a cliché, but social service agencies believe staying in school really is the key to quality of life in adulthood. Bill Stamps reports on several programs that aim to do just that.

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High School Renovation a Boost to Neighborhood

Posted on · They're calling it the rebirth of Worthing. Houston School Board President Lawrence Marshall unveiled preliminary plans for renovation and a new classroom wing for Worthing High School in southeast Houston. Marshall says the 24 million dollar project will help to reinvigorate the community. Pat Hernandez has more.

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“Welcome Back” One Last Time

Posted on · It was the first day of school for about a half million Houston area students, including 200-thousand in the HISD. It also marked the last first day of school visits for Dr. Abe Saavedra, the outgoing Houston school superintendent. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Keeping Kids in School

Posted on · Twelve school districts will partner with the Harris County District Attorney's Office to fight truancy this school year. The Stay in School program helps thousands of students who skip school avoid charges. Laurie Johnson reports.