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Going to School, Virtually

Posted on · Houston operates the state's only virtual public school. Students from across the state can take classes from home under the umbrella of the HISD system. The virtual school was a pilot program that's about to expand to reach a thousand students. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Teacher Externships to Make Class Work Relevant

Posted on · More than 200 area teachers will spend this week at 68 area businesses. The idea is for teachers to make connections with the world of work and take them back to the classroom. Rod Rice reports they're taking part in the 7th annual Teacher Externship Week.

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Students Teaching Students

Posted on · A unique summer enrichment program begins tomorrow at two Houston schools. This program has college and high school students teaching middle school students, and motivating them to stay in school and go to college. Jim Bell reports.

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Houston Community College Kicks off Jobs Campaign

Posted on · While the nation's struggling economy hasn't hurt Houston as much as other cities, there are still tens of thousands of people here looking for work. Economists expect another fifty thousand job losses in Houston the next two years. That's one of the reasons Houston Community College is kicking off a jobs training campaign. Bill Stamps has more.

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Ballpark Provides Real-World Setting for Future Engineers

Posted on · It's a shortage that's getting worse instead of better, the lack of high school students interested in careers in engineering. Nationwide, only two out of every 100 high school graduates go on to earn engineering degrees. A program aimed at changing those numbers used minute maid park recently to show local middle school students real world engineering applications. Jack Williams was there.

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Study Finds Low High School Graduation Rates

Posted on · It is the time of year when thousands of high school students walk across the stage and receive their diploma. But one community advocacy group says too many students who should be graduating are not. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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More Hispanic Engineers Needed

Posted on · Last night at Rice University Exxon Mobile awarded scholarships to three high school seniors at the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. In the US, energy analysts say there's a shortage of students going into science and engineering fields. That shortage is even greater when it comes to minorities. Bill Stamps has more.

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Adults Return to Classroom for Retooling

Posted on · It comes as no surprise that the slowing economy has resulted in many job losses. Those on the bubble worry about making ends meet if they find themselves unemployed. The situation is motivating many adults to return to school. They say juggling time and finances might be a challenge, but it can also be rewarding. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Mutombo Visits Houston Middle School

Posted on · The season may be over for the Houston Rockets center, Dikembe Mutombo, but he's trying to make the future a little brighter for local school children. Mutombo visits a local middle school to talk to kids about the importance physical activity and early screening for heart problems. Bill Stamps was there and tells us how the students reacted to the Rockets superstar.

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HISD Superintendent Search

Posted on · The Houston School Board will hold another public meeting tonight in its ongoing search for a new school superintendent. Jim Bell reports.

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The Top Ten Ranked High Schools

Posted on · The advocacy group Children at Risk has been ranking area high school for four years. The High School Rankings Report is the result of data from 131 public and Independent schools. Rod Rice reports the number one school made the top ten for the first time.

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Down Economy Hurts Pre-School Programs

Posted on · Here's another victim of the economic downturn. A national study predicts pre-school programs will be hit hard in states struggling struggle to balance their budgets in the middle of a recession. Texas is no exception, as Jim Bell reports.

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HISD Begins Search for New Leader

Posted on · The Houston Independent School Board has hired a national firm to begin searching for a new superintendent. The firm has been instructed to find the best candidates in the country. Bill Stamps has more.

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Religion Among Academic Scientists

Posted on · Educators in Austin decide this week whether a teacher should raise doubts about evolution while teaching biology. Many people view the debate as one that pits science against religion, but as Rod Rice reports the sides are not as clear cut as conventional wisdom suggests.