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Texas could lose trillions if COVID-19 learning gaps are not closed, education commissioner says

Texas is squaring off against a cataclysmic challenge, according to the state’s Education Commissioner Mike Morath. If Texas can’t find a way to catch up... → Read More

Texas school shootings are rare, but experts worry about an uptick during pandemic

Gun violence on Texas school campuses, like the shooting at Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, is rare but not unheard of. But school safety... → Read More

Mansfield ISD cancels after-school activities after Timberview shooting

Mansfield ISD is canceling after-school activities on Wednesday, after four people were injured -- one critically wounded -- in a shooting at Mansfield... → Read More

Why weren’t there metal detectors in place to prevent the shooting at a high school in Arlington?

In the aftermath of the Mansfield Timberview shooting, one of the biggest questions coming from the incident is how a student with a gun managed to get on... → Read More

Richardson Berkner HS student, 16, and an RISD teacher die from COVID-19 complications

This is a developing story and will be updated frequently. A Richardson ISD student and a staff member died from complications of COVID-19, officials... → Read More

Hundreds more students receiving special education services as Dallas ISD clears referral backlog

Dallas ISD took the first step in clearing a backlog of over 2,000 special education referrals, some of which dated back as far as 2017. As of last week,... → Read More

Dallas schools were on the rise, praised for progress and reform. And then the pandemic hit

Lashunta Wafford watched as her third grade son lost gains in the months spent learning from their Dallas home, away from a real classroom and the extra... → Read More

5 things to know about the fight over masks in Texas schools

Legal battles over requiring masks in schools have districts going back and forth over their policies. Many Texas administrators feel compelled to follow... → Read More

Plano ISD won’t extend mask mandate for schools

Plano students, staff and visitors won’t be required to wear masks in school buildings starting next week. On a 3-4 vote, Plano ISD trustees on Tuesday... → Read More

Texans support mask mandates in schools, News/UT-Tyler poll finds

As conservative state leaders have moved to bar districts from requiring masks and to limit the discussion of race and racism in public schools, a sizable... → Read More

Hundreds of COVID-19 Texas school cases were missing from state data. Here’s why

At first glance, the latest iteration of the state’s COVID-19 case tracker for Texas public schools might be cause for alarm. Case counts at a dozen of the... → Read More

Plano school placed in lockdown after photos showing a student with rifle fuel social media furor

Two out-of-context photos, posted on social media, led to a lockdown for one of the area’s largest high schools Friday morning. Police were called to Plano... → Read More

Vaccinated Texas school counselor who ‘had done everything right’ dies after contracting COVID-19

From her hospital bed, Sheri Wise went on Facebook to contemplate what went wrong. Wise, 66, wrote that she “had done everything right,” from getting fully... → Read More

How effective are mask mandates when schools allow parents to opt out?

Last week, Coppell became the latest North Texas school district to pass a mask mandate that allowed for parental opt-outs, granting exemptions based on... → Read More

North Texas charter school closes to stop COVID outbreak after 1 of every 10 students tests positive

A North Texas charter school is temporarily closing its doors because of a COVID-19 outbreak, after nearly 1 in every 10 students reported a lab-confirmed... → Read More

Dallas families debate sending young children to school or keeping them home as COVID-19 cases surge

Tuesday’s launch of Dallas ISD’s virtual academy came as a relief to Joanna Owusu. When the Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez opened its doors for... → Read More

Emotional back-and-forth over critical race theory in schools reaches Texas House committee

Lawmakers consider the latest proposal that attempts to eliminate critical race theory from the classroom. → Read More

Texas school safety protocols look different as districts head into third year disrupted by COVID-19

North Texas students are returning to campuses this year that have less stringent safety plans in place even as COVID-19 cases have spiked throughout the... → Read More

Texas AG sues San Antonio school district after officials mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees

Vaccinations might be the next line of conflict between Texas state leaders and school districts. Late Thursday, the state’s Attorney General Ken Paxton... → Read More

Texas school district uses dress code to sidestep governor’s ban of mask mandates

One Texas school district is using a change in its dress code to attempt to sidestep Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates in public... → Read More