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Houston Chronicle
September 26, 2014

By Ericka Mellon

A Houston-area coalition working to improve early childhood education and expand pre-kindergarten classes drew praise from former Secretary of State Colin Powell Friday.

"What you are doing is godly work," Powell told a crowd of business leaders, educators and others at Rice University. "What you are doing is vital work for the future of this country."

The group, called Early Matters, has a long way to go to secure an estimated $700 million so that all...

Houston Chronicle
September 30, 2014

By Maribel Molina

High school is a time when students exhibit great hometown pride and spirit and the latest ranking from Newsweek is giving plenty of Texas schools something to cheer about.

Thirty-one Texas high schools joined the ranks of the nation's Top 500 on Newsweek's annual list. Each part of Texas is represented, from the tip of the valley to the mountains of West Texas, the Panhandle, the state's capitol and the three large metro areas. The Houston area itself can...

Dallas Morning News
September 29, 2014

By Eva-Marie Ayala

Getting more youngsters into prekindergarten classes is a priority for Texas school districts, but finding the money to do so is difficult, according to a study released Monday.

Children at Risk, a Houston-based education advocacy group, conducted a yearlong study to assess the current state of prekindergarten programs in Texas. It found that despite financial challenges and dramatic statewide education funding cuts in 2011, Texas school districts were...

Dallas Morning News
September 28, 2014

By Eva-Marie Ayala

FRISCO — It’s difficult to exaggerate just how fast the growth is barreling down on Frisco, where the district is now on track to open four high schools in four years.

That’s four new mascots. Four new marching bands, football teams and theater programs to build from the ground up. Four campuses to create entirely new school traditions.

“There is just this intense energy and excitement that comes from opening a new high school,” Frisco Superintendent...

Texas Tribune
September 26, 2014

By Morgan Smith

A decade ago, Texas was a poster-child for the ills that contributed to a national high school graduation crisis. As the state weathered scandals over the way some districts calculated graduation rates, it became identified in national reports as the epicenter for chronically underperforming schools...