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Top Stories: Large Class Sizes At Charter Schools; The Year In North Texas Arts


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

Several charter schools have some of the state's largest class sizes. The Texas Education Agency says most public schools in the state had about 22 students per teacher during the 2016-17 school year.

More than half the schools averaging at least 30 students per class were charter schools, according to The Dallas Morning News. Charter school officials say many charters use teacher aides, which can skew class averages.

Other stories this afternoon:

  • Every week, the Art&Seek Artist Spotlight shares the personal journeys of North Texas creatives. Today, KERA Vice President of Arts Anne Bothwell asks reporters Jerome Weeks and Hady Mawajdeh to reflect of some of the year's most memorable moments in the Spotlight.
  • Chile con queso is practically a staple food of Texas. You can eat it with tostadas or smother it on top of whatever's on your plate. And over the next few days Texans will certainly be eating a lot of queso watching  football and at New Year's parties. One Texan's homesickness led to writing a cookbook about the cheesy treat. KERA's Krys Boyd talked with author Lisa Fain on "Think."
  • And speaking of "Think," the team at 'Think" reads LOTS of books throughout the year. If you're looking for some good reads during the holidays, check out the best books list.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.



Stephen Becker is executive producer of the "Think with Krys Boyd," which airs on more than 200 stations across the country. Prior to joining the Think team in 2013, as part of the Art&Seek team, Stephen produced radio and digital stories and hosted "The Big Screen" — a weekly radio segment about North Texas film — with Chris Vognar.