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American Airlines and US Airways say they’re talking about a possible merger.

One of the newest ideas for how to reform failing schools is called “parent trigger laws.”  Commentator Anne Foster has long pushed for more parental involvement, but she questions this approach.

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This is the first day of school and is also a day of rebirth for some teachers in Dallas. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports on how a winning team of educators have taken their talents to a brand-new campus.

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Seventy-five percent of Dallas public schools have failed the federal No Child Left Behind annual progress test.

Kids usually can’t wait for the school year to end. But education research shows some children pay a price over the summer break. They forget so much that by the time they start the next grade, they’re way behind.

DISD: Immunize Now

Jul 16, 2012

Immunizations are required for all Texas public school students. District leaders say now’s the time to get the required shots, or your child could be turned away from class.

On his first official day as Dallas’s new Superintendent, Mike Miles called it a great day, thanks in part to higher graduation rates for the fourth straight year.

With summer temperatures soaring, the Texas Public Utility Commission is set to vote on raising the price cap on wholesale electricity rates by 50 percent.

The hope is that the lure of more profits will spur construction of power plants to help the state meet future energy demands.

But the state's large industrial users claim the increase could cost billions of dollars. Consumer groups worry a wholesale increase will trickle down to monthly household electric bills for most Texans.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will sign on to a resolution supporting teacher evaluations based on student achievement while attacking teacher retention based on seniority. 

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Southern Methodist University is reviewing how it handled the 15-hour police standoff on campus this week.

The suspect in a downtown Dallas carjacking climbed into the cab of a 100-foot construction crane and held police at bay claiming he had a gun.

Some SMU students say officials should have used the school’s warning system to let people know what was going on – even though it was Memorial Day and fewer people were on campus.

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The Texas Association of Business has joined one of 5 lawsuits against the state arguing that Texas education funding is inadequate.

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More than 1,600 account holders in the Texas Department of Transportation toll road system can expect a credit following a cyber-attack.

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Unions at American Airlines plan to support a potential takeover offer by rival US Airways, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The unions believe that combining with US Airways would give American the best chance to grow and preserve jobs, said the two, who spoke on condition that they not be identified because no decision has been announced.

An announcement from the unions is possible as early as Friday morning, they said.

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Planned Parenthood groups in Austin, Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth are planning to merge into one organization.

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Texas officials have proposed phasing-out federal funding for the women's health program through November after Washington said it was illegal to ban the participation of Planned Parenthood.

The Women's Health Program provides routine exams, contraception and preventive health services to low-income women. Until this year, federal funds covered 90 percent of the cost. But federal officials said they would cut funding after Texas lawmakers insisted groups affiliated with abortion providers be banned from taking part.

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The North Texas Municipal Water District could lift some of the tough Stage Three water restrictions tomorrow – including twice-a-month lawn watering.

The District’s Denise Hickey says once-a-week watering would be the most likely change. She says recent rains have restored lake levels.

Hickey: Lake Lavon has returned back to full elevation. We’ve received 20 inches of rain there. We’ve had additional rain inflow at Lake Jim Chapman. However, we still remain without 28% of our supply from Lake Texoma.

That’s because they don’t Zebra Mussels to spread beyond Texoma.

A Dallas developer wants to turn old Dallas High School, also called Crozier Tech, into downtown apartments. KERA’s BJ Austin says the developer also wants a tax break from the city.

The City of Dallas Budget, Finance and Audit Committee has moved Uplift Education’s bond schedule forward.

U.S. Senate Candidate Craig James says he’ll release his education plan this week.  In an interview with KERA’s Shelley Kofler the sports analyst turned GOP candidate talked about elements of his plan.  In this Spotlight on the Senate report, James says eliminating the U.S. Department of Education is at the top of his list.

An attorney defending Republican-drawn voting maps in Texas has told a federal court there are "insurmountable" differences preventing a compromise with minority rights groups.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined more than 200 students from Dallas’ Moseley Elementary this morning. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports the first lady came to watch teams of top chefs create nutritious school lunches.

A school advocacy group says an estimated 32,000 school employees across Texas - including 12,000 teachers - have lost their jobs due to $5.4 billion in education cuts.

The Dallas fourth grade teacher suspended because of an email sent to a school board member will be back in class Wednesday.

Joseph Drake sent an email to Board Member Edwin Flores expressing anger over the Board’s vote to lengthen the teacher workday by 45 “unpaid” minutes. Dr. Flores forwarded the email to administrators who put Drake on paid leave for “alleged misconduct.”

Rena Honea is president of the largest Dallas teacher-group, the Alliance-AFT. She’s pleased with Drake’s reinstatement.

The federal government has rejected a request by Texas to be excluded from a new law that would limit how much health insurance companies can spend on overhead. The law is part of recent changes in health care law that Texas officials say is unconstitutional.

Tempers flared red hot at last night’s Dallas school board meeting, where the board president even ordered a speaker removed. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that despite pleas from parents and students to keep their schools opened, trustees voted to shut eleven campuses down.

Testimony has finished in a trial determining whether new political district lines drawn by the Texas Legislature violated the federal Voting Rights Act. Attention will now quickly shift to San Antonio where another federal court is charged with drawing interim maps.

The Dallas School Board tonight votes on closing eleven schools to save millions of dollars in the coming budget year. The move follows severe state education cuts, as KERA’s Bill Zeeble explains.

The Dallas School District held its first public meetings last night about eleven under-populated schools set to close. The district hopes to save millions of dollars with the move, as it faces a huge budget shortfall from state funding cuts. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports the plan to save money could also mean the loss of quality education.

Fort Worth’s school board has named interim superintendent Walter Dansby its lone finalist to be the district’s next superintendent. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Dansby becomes Fort Worth’s first African American leader in the district’s 129 year history. He started working at Fort Worth ISD in 1974.

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Fort Worth’s School Board “officially” names its superintendent finalist at this evening’s 5:30 board meeting. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more.

After last Thursday’s 2nd round of candidate interviews, trustees said they found their finalist. Acting Superintendent Walter Dansby has filled the role since taking over for Melody Johnson, who resigned last year. A Long-time Fort Worth ISD employee, Dansby applied for and could be named to the job. Board Vice President Juan Rangel says the next leader takes on a large budget shortfall because of state funding cuts.

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