Thursday, April 17 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:34:17 GMT
(CNN) - Do you and your partner cuddle all night, or hold hands while you sleep? It turns out that these romantic sleeping habits may signal a happier, healthier relationship compared to couples who don'tMore >>
Do you and your partner cuddle all night, or hold hands while you sleep? It turns out that these romantic sleeping habits may signal a happier, healthier relationship compared to couples who don't touch while snoozing.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:59:32 GMT
(CBS/KBTX) - There's something about a field of wildflowers that draws out the photographer in all of us. In Central Texas, there are plenty photo ops, but stopping on the side of the road to take a pictureMore >>
There's something about a field of wildflowers that draws out the photographer in all of us. In Central Texas, there are plenty photo ops, but stopping on the side of the road to take a picture can be downright dangerous. The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning Texans to be careful.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:26:27 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Today is tax day. The official deadline to submit your federal income taxes. But is it really a hard deadline? Penalties for filing tax returns late only apply to people who owe the governmentMore >>
Today is tax day. The official deadline to submit your federal income taxes. But is it really a hard deadline?More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:03:47 GMT
(CNN) - Now that spring has finally sprung, a lot of us have one thing on our mind -- vacation. So what are the latest travel trends? If the nicer weather has you dreaming about vacation after a coldMore >>
Now that spring has finally sprung, a lot of us have one thing on our mind -- vacation. So what are the latest travel trends?More >>
Friday, April 11 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:38:50 GMT
(CNN/KVUE) - Thanks to a new prosthetic hand a young boy in Texas will get a chance to do things just like other children his age. A team of teens and their teacher are behind his new hand. Two-year old ZaxtonMore >>
Thanks to a new prosthetic hand a young boy in Texas will get a chance to do things just like other children his age. A team of teens and their teacher are behind his new hand.
Thursday, April 10 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:18:24 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Can 140 characters ruin your relationship? One new study thinks so and says that tweeting may lead to infidelity and divorce. The University of Missouri just released a study that found, theMore >>
Can 140 characters ruin your relationship? One new study thinks so and says that tweeting may lead to infidelity and divorce.More >>
Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-04-09 14:12:31 GMT
(CBS) - The deadline to file your federal income taxes for 2013 is just about a week away. It might be a bit late to get an appointment with a tax preparer, but it's not too late to download a handy taxMore >>
The deadline to file your federal income taxes for 2013 is just about a week away. It might be a bit late to get an appointment with a tax preparer, but it's not too late to download a handy tax preparing app onto your smartphone or tablet.More >>
Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-04-08 14:45:56 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Starting today, Microsoft will no longer support its popular "Windows XP." Microsoft says it wants to concentrate on maintaining its newer operating systems. Experts say if you don't upgradeMore >>
Starting today, Microsoft will no longer support its popular "Windows XP." Experts say if you don't upgrade your computer, you're more susceptible to hackers. And, an Israeli start up says it has developed a new battery pack that can fully charge your phone in just 30 seconds, even if is nearly empty.More >>
Monday, April 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:14:25 GMT
(CNN/KUSA) - The race for mayor of divide, Colorado, is turning into a real zoo. Even with 11 candidates running for office, not a single one of them is like you or me. A group of animals are runningMore >>
The race for mayor of divide, Colorado, is turning into a real zoo. Even with 11 candidates running for office, not a single one of them is like you or me. A group of animals are running for mayor, but they are doing it for a good cause.More >>
Thursday, April 3 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-04-03 15:52:20 GMT
(CNN/WFAA) - As the Final Four comes to Texas, residents in Arlington are offering up their homes to March Madness fans and hoping to make a little money in the process. A quick search of Craigslist turnsMore >>
As the Final Four comes to Texas, residents in Arlington are offering up their homes to March Madness fans and hoping to make a little money in the process.More >>
TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A three-person team from the Texas Education
Agency spent the past week with Tyler ISD analyzing programs and
assessing progress after flagging three problem areas in the school
The state selected TISD for an on-site review this
year "due to the identification of substantial, imminent, or ongoing
risks across programs," specifically those tracked by the state's
Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System.
That is according to a TEA letter addressed to Superintendent Gary Mooring dated Feb. 26.
state assigned TISD to intervention Stage 3 of 4 for special education,
Stage 2 for bilingual education/English as a second language program,
and Stage 2 for Data Validation Monitoring Leaver Records.
stage determines the type of steps a district will have to take to meet
its improvement plan. The higher the stage — Stage 4 being the highest —
the greater the intervention.
When the state assigns a
district an intervention stage, it is because officials "feel that there
are some risks involved with the programs, and that they could be
failing to properly serve the students within the program," TEA
spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said. "Normally, it just takes a
corrective action plan to get things back on track. That (is what) …
this is all set up to do, to get those programs back on track and
properly serving students."
The monitoring system reports
annually on school district and charter school performance in specific
areas, such as bilingual education, career and technical education and
special education, according to the TEA website.
also monitor certain data, such as that related to dropouts, discipline
and student assessment, according to the website.
When that data fails to meet certain standards, the state can flag that category as being troubled.
based on many factors, such as how the district's performance compares
to the state, how long it has been subpar and the degree to which
intervention is necessary, the state will assign the district to an
intervention stage from one to four in the programs where there are
In the special education category, which is at Stage
3, the state found TISD identified too many African-American students as
needing special education services.
In 2012, African-Americans
made up about 30 percent of TISD's student population, but about 48
percent of its special education population, according to state data.
The 2012 data is the most recent available on the TEA website.
The district also had a higher percentage of
special education students being sent to in-school and out-of-school
suspension when compared to the general population.
receive special education services fall along a spectrum. They can be
students who are mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, deaf, blind
They also can be students with some type of
hearing, speech or visual impairment, a learning disability or multiple
disabilities, according to the Texas Administrative Code.
overall special education population has decreased in the past few
years from more than 2,000 students in 2008-09 to slightly more than
1,700 in 2010-11, the most recent year available on this report.
Tunnell, TISD's executive director of strategic planning and continuous
improvement, said the district was at Stage 4 in special education in
2010-11, so it has improved.
In the bilingual education/English
as a second language population, less than half of the district's 46
English language learners who graduated in 2011 graduated under the
Recommended High School or Distinguished Achievement Programs. The
standard was 70 percent.
Only 63 percent of the 65 English
language learners in the class of 2011 graduated. The standard was 75
percent, according to the state data.
An English language
learner is a student whose primary language is not English and whose
English language skills make it difficult for them to perform regular
class work in English, according to the TEA website. "Too many of our bilingual students graduated on the minimum plan," Ms. Tunnell said.
Ms. Tunnell said the district already had an improvement plan in place and added specifics to address these issues.
She said the TEA visitors talked with teachers as well as campus and district administrators during their visit.
"Their job was to help us create more effective systems," she said.
The state also took issue with the number of court-ordered GEDs TISD had last year.
Tunnell said the state instituted a new category last year for
districts to use with students who leave. The district could request the
Justice of the Peace in his or her role in the truancy court to order
students to get their GED. The district could then document that on the
TISD started doing that, but had too many students fall into that category, according to state standards, Ms. Tunnell said.
said the district already encouraged students, especially juniors and
seniors who were chronically absent, to get their GED.
she said, it likely would carry more weight and provide more motivation
for the students if a judge ordered it. She said the district already
has changed its process to address the issue.
Ms. Tunnell said TISD is not alone in terms of the TEA monitoring specific areas of the district. And numbers confirm that.
this school year, 688 of the state's more than 1,200 districts and
charter school operators fall into some intervention category under this
Ms. Culbertson said the state uses this system to make
sure school districts are serving students appropriately and that
students are achieving the state-determined performance standards.
Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools received academically
unacceptable ratings in 2011, the state representatives also met with
principals and intervention teams at those campuses to make sure they
were following through with improvement plans.
Ms. Tunnell said
the district does have improvements to make and is working toward those.
She said the state should complete a report based on its site visit.
still have work to do in creating effective systems, and the main goal
is quality first instruction," she said adding that it all begins there.
"The stronger our first instruction, the stronger our Response to
Intervention, the better support for our special populations."
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:21:57 GMT
ALTO (KYTX) - Cherokee County authorities are on the scene of a break in. It happened overnight at the B & B Foods store in Alto. Our crew on the scene tells us 2 people were arrested. Right now, weMore >>
UPDATE: ALTO (KYTX) - Two arrest have been made in the overnight burglary of the B&B Store on Highway 69 in Alto.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:31:53 GMT
SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- DPS says a woman is dead after a crash Monday afternoon. It happened just before 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Mixon Road and Yarborough Lane in Smith County. At this pointMore >>
A Jacksonville Police communications officer has died after a crash Monday afternoon. More >>
Thursday, April 3 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-04 02:35:25 GMT
EFFINGHAM (WCIA) -- One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham. Owens'More >>
One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham.More >>
Thursday, April 17 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:59:51 GMT
Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats attached to the South Korean ferry that sank in frigid waters, but only one lifeboat was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has notMore >>
Coast Guard and navy divers are searching for hundreds of people missing after a deadly ferry accident near South Korea. Now officials say only one of 46 life boats was deployed.
Thursday, April 17 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:50:05 GMT
(CNN) - Some good news for high school students -- the SAT is getting a makeover. On Wednesday, the College Board previewed some of the changes that will be put into place in two years. For starters,More >>
The SAT is getting a makeover. On Wednesday, the College Board previewed some of the changes that will be put into place in two years.More >>