waco isd

Education
5:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Program Changes Culture of School Discipline

Members of Lori Palladino's Student Court Room at University High
Jill Ament

Four years ago Waco ISD piloted a program to try and reduce the number of referrals and suspensions of students. It’s called suspending kids to school. The district says this effort has helped keep kids in class and out of the court system—and it’s helped some schools change the entire way they look at discipline. KWBU’s Jill Ament has this report on University High’s student court, where students have a say in the disciplinary process.


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Education
4:18 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

USDA Admin Commends Bell's Hill for Food Program Efforts

Jill Ament

Bell's Hill Elementary school in Waco is getting high-needs students to eat healthier and learn about where their food comes from. Today a U.S. Department of Agriculture administrator stopped by to tour the school and check out the school’s lunch program. 


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Education
6:12 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Behavioral Specialists Aim to Help Students Curb Referrals, Improve Test Scores

Jill Ament

A new district wide program at Waco ISD is utilizing behavioral specialists on campuses struggling with student behavior and discipline referrals. Overall -- district leaders are hoping this more ‘individualized’ approach will help boost STAAR scores at lower performing schools.  

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Education
4:27 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Waco ISD Secures Big Grant Money for Struggling Campuses

Jill Ament

Waco ISD’s STAAR scores showed us that some schools are still struggling. Looking forward, the district is trying to improve behavior and college readiness at some campuses. The district has secured some big grant money to try and do that.


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Waco ISD
3:16 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Waco ISD Cancels Free Bus Program, Will Provide Some Passes

Jill Ament

Last year Waco Transit gave about 18,000 bus rides to Waco ISD students as part of the district’s Student Ride Services program. It was part of a larger effort to improve attendance across the district. But school officials say they're disbanding the effort.

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