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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.

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Keeping Kids Safe During the School Year

Posted on · The start of school is just a few weeks away. As parents and children gear up, local authorities say they need to think about more than just clothes and backpacks. Bill Stamps reports on school safety.

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Dueling School Accountability Ratings

Posted on · Almost 90-percent of schools in the Houston Independent School District meet federal accountability standards. That's the good news. The bad news is the district does not. The outgoing HISD superintendent says the problem has to do with each state having a different federal standard. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Farewell to His Army of Educators

Posted on · Principals and administrators pack the auditorium at Chavez High school before the start of the new school year. It marks the last time they'll hear from Houston Independent School Superintendent Abe Saavedra before he leaves at the end of the month. It is a bittersweet departure as the district posted its best accountability ratings ever last week. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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HISD Gets High Marks

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District says its schools performed better this year than ever before. State ratings have just been released and HISD doubled its number of highly rated schools. Bill Stamps has more.

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Tuition Fund Deadline is Friday

Posted on · If your child is under a year old and you want to take advantage of this year's prices for the Texas Tuition Promise Fund you only have until tomorrow to sign up. The prepaid tuition is for schools that range from public community colleges to four-year state universities.

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Improving Federal Education Assistance for Hispanics

Posted on · The White House is traveling the country getting input on how to improve educational opportunities for Hispanics. Houston was the last stop in Texas for a dialogue called "Community Conversations" with community leaders, elected officials and educators. It is an effort by the Obama administration to gain public input on the status of Hispanic education. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Going to School to Run a School

Posted on · To become a school principal in Texas a person must have a master degree, two years teaching experience, complete a state assessment and attend a principal preparation program. Rod Rice reports that one such program in Houston is available to only a select few educators.

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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.