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Stella M. Chávez

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Stella Chávez is KERA’s education reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35. The award-winning entry was  “Yolanda’s Crossing,” a seven-part DMN series she co-wrote that reconstructs the 5,000-mile journey of a young Mexican sexual-abuse victim from a small Oaxacan village to Dallas. For the last two years, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was part of the agency’s outreach efforts on the Affordable Care Act and ran the regional office’s social media efforts.

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The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the wife of ex-Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has been charged with capital murder and is being held in the Kaufman County jail. Kim Williams was admitted before 3 a.m. Wednesday and is being held on a $10 million bond, according to the report.

Melissa Bishop

Like many runners around the country today, North Texas residents are showing their support and honoring the victims of yesterday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, runners in groups like the Dallas Running Club are calling on their cohorts to wear one of their race t-shirts today.

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Update, 2:55 p.m.: Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said 44 people were taken to area hospitals after this morning's charter bus crash that left two dead. The names of the passengers who died and the driver, who was among the injured, have not been released.

Investigators are still at the scene and mapping out the area where the crash occurred. Sgt. Haschel said it's too early to say what caused the accident. "It's going to be a long process," he said. 

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A teacher who turns his class assignments into an iBook. Students who develop apps for mobile devices. QR codes that direct students to their teacher’s home page.

These are just some examples of how some students are learning and keeping up to date with the latest technology. Gone are the days of a teacher standing in front of a classroom lecturing students. These days, students are using their smart phone or laptops.

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The first two-day Summit on the Education of African American Students in DISD this past weekend got people thinking and talking about one of the most pressing issues, but the real challenge will be what comes out of that conversation, say those who attended.

“It’s always a great exercise to have a discussion about education, and it’s always a great exercise to talk about the inequities, but to me what’s most important is the action,” says Sherasa Thomas, a former teacher who now works as an education consultant for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Lisa Krantz for The Texas Tribune

Dozens of teachers on Thursday attended a recruiting fair hosted by the City of San Antonio at the Dallas Public Library.

The lure? A potential job teaching pre-K students and the chance to earn between $60,000 and $90,000 a year.

KERA reporter Bill Zeeble

Update, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m.: Citing security concerns, a federal prosecutor in Houston has decided to remove himself from a large racketeering case involving the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang.

PBS NewsHour

Can babies teach kids about empathy and bullying? A program in Seattle aims to do just that. As part of public media's American Graduate initiative, PBS NewsHour spotlights children in one elementary school classroom who are learning how to treat others. The teacher: a seven-month old baby girl.

The Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Southern Methodist University has been suspended for two years from campus. The suspension comes after the alleged assault of a member of another faternity at the Sigma Phi house.

Parents, students and teachers in Fort Worth ISD can now stay digitally connected with the district and its schools. The district has launched a new free mobile app for smartphones.

DISD

Update: Cause Of Death

The Dallas County medical examiner's office on Friday ruled the Mount Auburn Elementary School student's death accidental due to food asphyxia. The boy has been identified as Manny Ramirez.

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A four-year-old boy died Thursday morning after choking on his lunch at school.

In these cash-strapped times, education officials are looking for ways to spend less money. But how to do that and serve kids their daily dose of green beans or other veggies? School districts in five states, including the Dallas Independent School District, have decided to team up to share their lunch menus.

A new study of middle school students found differences in academic performance and social behavior between kids who dated and those who had a less active dating life. Pamela Orpinas, a professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia, studied a group of 624 students from sixth to 12th grade over a seven-year period.

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