How important is it to have a role model?

A new working paper puts some numbers to that question.

Having just one black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduced low-income black boys' probability of dropping out of high school by 39 percent, the study found.

And by high school, African-American students, both boys and girls, who had one African-American teacher had much stronger expectations of going to college. Keep in mind, this effect was observed seven to ten years after the experience of having just one black teacher.

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Teachers in the public school system have the power and opportunity to change lives, but are they getting the training and support that they need?

A classroom used as a prayer room at Liberty High School in Frisco got the attention of the Texas attorney general’s office this month. The office sent a letter raising constitutional concerns about the room. The Frisco superintendent called the letter a "publicity stunt" and said the prayer room has been in use for several years without complaints. 

For the first time, Northside Independent School District is serving free breakfast and lunch over spring break. Students don’t have to be enrolled in NISD to enjoy a meal, and parents can eat too.


San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity

The Texas Education Agency held a hearing Friday in Austin for the San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity District which the TEA closed Wednesday until further notice. The TEA says the school district is out of compliance with criminal history requirements and has food safety issues.


Almost 600 students are currently out of school because of the closure. In addition to the closure, Foundation School Program funding for district has also been suspended.

DeEtta Culbertson is spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency.