Joyce Dorado, director of UCSF's Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools program. Credit: EdSource Today: Jane Meredith Adams

Joyce Dorado is director of UCSF’s Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools program. Credit: Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource Today

Backed by brain research, California schools are beginning to address the effect of severe trauma on the health and achievement of their students.

In districts including Humboldt, Richmond, Santa Cruz, Aptos and San Francisco, groups of teachers are being trained to recognize that students’ explosive anger, classroom outbursts, habitual withdrawal and self-injurious behaviors could be symptoms of traumatic stress, the result of repeated exposure to violence, abuse and neglect.

But while other initiatives focus on providing

Texans warned of private high schools peddling useless diplomas
Dallas Morning News

Ben Torres/Special Contributor
Shatandra Saulters, 20, did homework packets and paid Billy Bush Academy to get a diploma, but she learned it won’t get her anywhere.

Staff Writer

Published: 24 November 2013 10:42 PM
Updated: 24 November 2013 11:28 PM 

Literacy advocates say there’s a burgeoning market of groups that claim to be private accredited schools peddling useless high school diplomas.

“For $89, they get a graduation, a photograph, a cap and gown, and a piece of worthless paper,” said Lisa Hembry, president and chief executive of Literacy Instruction for Texas. “People are told to get a job you have to have a GED. So when someone offers a quick fix, they pay it, but it’s another setback.”

Story contributed by Dr. Carol Evans, NAACP-Houston Education Committee

Kids Pay The Price In Fight Over Fixing Philadelphia Schools

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Third-grader Kassim West last July at Walter G. Smith Elementary School, one of more than 20 Philadelphia public schools that closed at the end of the school year.

Third-grader Kassim West last July at Walter G. Smith Elementary School, one of more than 20 Philadelphia public schools that closed at the end of the school year.

Matt Stanley for NPR

This is the first in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.

Sharron Snyder and Othella Stanback, both seniors at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin High, will be the first in their families to graduate from high school. This, their final year, was supposed to be memorable. Instead, these teenagers say they feel cheated

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The Texas Tribune

Saturday, December 1, 2012

TEA Chief Will Defer 15 Percent Rule

Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.

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Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.

At a Friday gathering of educators, school administrators and student assessment specialists in Austin, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced he would defer implementation of a rule that requires state end-of-course exams count for 15 percent of high school students’ final grades.

The announcement, which earned a standing ovation in a crowded hotel ballroom, came a day after Gov. Rick Perrydeclared his support for such a change and as Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has filed legislation that would permanently leave the decision of whether to apply it up to local school districts.


  • Migrant Education Program Reaches Milestone at St. Ed’s
    by  Reeve Hamilton  September 9, 2012

Jazmine Hernandez (left) and her cousin Alfonso Lucio are in their freshman year at St. Edward’s University in Austin. They are among 42 freshmen entering St. Edward’s this year through the federal College Assistance Migrant Program.

Eighteen-year-old Alfonso Lucio remembers the sun beating down on the back of his neck as he toiled in asparagus fields in Michigan, something he began doing at age 12. His cousin Jazmine Hernandez, who is the same age and also came from a family of migrant farm workers, was often at his side.

“Just wait,” he would tell her. “A few more years of this, and then we’re going to college.”

It took the help of a decades-old federal program that focuses on migrant students, but he was right. Last month, as the cousins had lunch in a dining hall at St. Edward’s University in Austin, days before starting their freshman year, they beamed with pride even as they wiped away tears.

B.J. Almond  – August 6, 2012Posted in: Featured Stories
$1.1 million contract geared toward improving biology, chemistry and physics education

Rice University will provide professional development for 150 high school science teachers from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) during the 2012-13 school year. The new Rice Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching (RESST) program is funded by a $1.1 million contract from HISD with additional support from Texas Regional Collaboratives.

  • A big move beyond the hedges: Rice University offers free courses for all, online By Sarah Rufca
    07.17.12 | 11:20 amAmongelite colleges, Rice University has frequently been recognized as a bargain, but now the Houston school is offering courses to the public for an even better deal.For the next academic year, beginning in the fall, Rice will join a handful of other prestigious universities to offer a select number of courses online for free. Partnering with, the creation of Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, Rice will offer classes in general chemistry, software programming, electrical engineering, analytical chemistry and nanotechnology.“Rice is proud to be part of this new wave of technology-based learning in the company of some of the most prestigious universities in the United States and the world, ”provost George McLendon said in a statement. “Coursera will bring widespread exposure to the excellence of Rice’s educational and research programs.”Since its start with four participating universities in 2011, Coursera has seen 650,000students from 190 countries enroll in its 43 courses in disciplines including the arts, literature, history, science and mathematics. Classes are free to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.The courses will also offer a benefit to Rice students, who can use the materials as “supplemental or instructional resources, “McLendon said.Eva C. Williams, Benefits Counselor I
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  • Texas High School Graduation Rates Improve, but Why? 

Free Summer Meals For Youth!
Jun 28, 2012 ByPraise Staff

 Free summer meals are available for youths ages 1-18 through June 4-August 12, 2012!
No registration is required to eat; just show up at a site near you!

The Summer Food Program provides nutritious free meals to children 18 and younger in lower-income areas during summer when school is not in session. It is in more than 460 operating sites. Children must consume food on site.

Lunch: 11:00am-1:00pm
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Find a site near you call : (713) 676-6832 and give the operator your zip code!

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Press Release 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             May 6, 2012


Once again HISD board trustee, Paula Harris is associated with a scandal this time in the naming or renaming of a District IV school.  The third ward community at large alleges that Paula Harris has committed acts in violation of a public trust for possible political gain in an attempt to circumvent board policy in regards to naming the new building located at 3200 Rosedale in District IV.    The actions are apparently supported by HISD District administration.

The clear intent of the Board policy is to solicit true community input and to Improve Public Support and Confidence in Schools and to promote a culture of trust through action which clearly is a joke.  There is much distrust for DIS-TRUSTEE Paula Harris and some HISD personnel.  The Houston Independent School District cannot be trusted even with something as simple as naming a school and we trust them to educate our children!!! The third ward community clearly sees the efforts to destroy our community through the destruction of our schools and most recently with the projected closing of Ryan Middle School.  WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE THESE ACTIONS AND PROMISE TO PICKET AND PROTEST THESE THINLY VEILED ATTEMPTS TO TAKE THIRD WARD, DESTROY OUR HISTORY, AND EXPAND MIDTOWN. The community furthermore seeks to have Paula Harris sanctioned and precluded from voting on the agenda item.  Her actions have clearly violated our public trust.  The Community has repeatedly asked for justice but we have been ignored.  The only way to stop this injustice is to expose them.  If policy is not followed by the administration then how are district personnel and children expected to follow policy!!!  The community will not be disrespected and disregarded in this matter nor will they support a bond issue in the fall and in fact, promise to fight vehemently for its failure!!!!  
These recommendations will be decided on Thursday, May 10th at 5:00 PM at the HISD Board RoomBooks For Just $2


HISD is moving the principal of Kashmere Senior High School immediately and replacing him with an interim a week before the state assessment for English Language Arts and a little more than a month before the state assessments for Math, Science, and Social Studies. This midyear change threatens to undermine the gains in campus culture, student morale, and massive academic interventions.

Delay offered on controversial STAAR test provision

By Kate Alexander | Friday, February 17, 2012, 02:45 PM

Ninth-graders will get a reprieve from a state requirement that a student’s performance on new end-of-course exams count toward 15 percent of the final grade, Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott announced Friday.

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