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Waco ISD's preliminary STAAR results are out. The school board met last night to discuss the standardized test results for grades 3 through 12. Some schools showed improvements, but others, especially schools serving low-income areas, faced setbacks. 


The collaboration with Waco ISD and the Waco Transit to provide free bus rides to help boost attendance for students is in question as the school year comes to a close. Administrators at Waco Transit say the program costs too much and it's unclear if Waco ISD will get more grant funding to keep the project going. KWBU's Jill Ament reports.


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Police in Texas’ public school system issued 71 percent fewer tickets for bad behavior this past school year. It’s partly because of a state law that took effect last September that attempts decriminalizes on-campus infractions. 

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When College Isn't Worth It

May 28, 2014

The New York Times highlighted new data yesterday that once again beats the drum: Despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal Science that the value of a degree is rising. College grads made almost twice as much per hour in 2013 as workers without a four-year degree. And the lifetime value of a diploma is now around a half-million dollars, even after you factor in tuition.

The Santa Barbara shootings this weekend and the online rants of the 22-year-old identified as the gunman brought an outpouring of reaction online over the weekend.

Waco High School Principal Resigns

May 14, 2014
Waco ISD

The principal of Waco High School announced to his staff late last week that he’s resigning. Sam Sexton took the job last June--he was the fourth principal of the school since 2008. Waco ISD officials say they’re looking internally to fill the spot, but can’t confirm if anyone has been selected yet. A new administrator could be selected as soon as May 22nd.

Sexton previously served as the principal for La Vega High School’s for six years.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Earlier this year, the Obama administration asked schools across the country to rethink how they discipline students. Now, instead of automatic suspensions and other tough punishments, more schools are considering alternatives.

Laura Isensee, of Houston Public Media, takes a look at one of those alternatives.

LAURA ISENSEE, BYLINE: Two teenage girls come into the assistant principal's office at the Academy of Choice in northwest Houston. They used to be friends. But now they're fighting. It's time for a serious sit-down.

Robinson ISD Bond Election, Round Three

May 8, 2014
Ryland Barton / KWBU News

  Robinson ISD is making a third try at passing a bond to build a new middle school. More expensive bonds got voted down in November of 2011 and 2013. But school board trustees think $19.5 million dollars sounds about right. The election comes at a time when school districts across the state are taking on more debt.

On Topic: Juan Williams

May 5, 2014
politico.com

On Thursday, May 1st, 2014 Juan Williams returned to Waco and Baylor University. Williams was the featured guest on the latest installment of the On Topic series with Baylor University President Ken Starr.

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