Education

A little more than 10 years ago, Texas banned soda machines and deep fryers in public school cafeterias.

Now the state's current agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller, wants to do away with that ban. He believes these kinds of restrictions should be in the hands of local school boards — not state regulators. But some students are among those who aren't happy about this idea.

The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what's happening in your state.

Thousands Of High School Students Getting Lost In Texas

Jun 7, 2015

The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the whole story here. And find out what's happening in your state. And find out what's happening in your state.

Abbott Signs Higher Ed Bill Ending Fund Touted by Perry

Jun 5, 2015
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Shortly before former Gov. Rick Perry officially launched his second presidential campaign in Dallas on Thursday morning, his successor ended a long-criticized initiative from Perry’s tenure. 

Flanked by the heads of the state’s flagship public universities at the University of Texas at Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 632, which eliminates a controversial startup investment fund long touted by Perry and directs much of its money to a new researcher recruitment effort. 

“Texas as a state is going to have the best and brightest campuses in this country,” Abbott said before signing the bill. 

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As the school year comes to a close across the city, results continue to show in changes to truancy policy at one major school district. A plan enacted in 2010 between the city's largest school district, Northside ISD, and the city's municipal court has been showing a dramatic improvement in in keeping kids out of courts, and  keeping them in the classroom. A 50 percent reduction in truancy cases were filed in the past year compared to 2010, with a small uptick in attendance. 

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