During the fall of 2020, I covered education for The Dallas Morning News. Some of those stories, which often focused on how education was impacted by COVID-19, are featured below.

Here are your candidates for the Dallas College board of trustees election

Oct. 28: This story has been updated to reflect more information about the Voters Guide questionnaire. Dallas College, which has pivoted to nearly all virtual classes during the pandemic, has two board seats up for election on Nov. 3. The elections come at a time when the system -- previously known as Dallas County Community College District -- is unifying its seven campuses under Dallas College and as the coronavirus pandemic continues keeping students and faculty largely working and teaching

University of Dallas' Rome campus under quarantine after 29 test positive for coronavirus

Oct. 21.: This story has been updated to include comments from a university student who tested positive for the coronavirus. All students at the University of Dallas campus in Rome are in quarantine after more than two dozen of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the university. Since last week, 26 students on the university’s Rome campus have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a letter from Peter Hatlie, dean and director of the Rome programs. That’s a third

5 ways Texas can improve training for teachers

Texas teachers need better training that more accurately reflects classroom needs and prepares them for times of crisis, advocates told state lawmakers on Wednesday. The Texas Senate Education Committee held a hearing to discuss best practices for recruiting and training teachers throughout the state. Here are five ways Texas can better prepare teachers, according to testimony. Teachers should be trained to teach effectively online There’s a difference between simply teaching online and doing

Denton ISD investigating allegations of racial slurs, inappropriate comments at football game

Some students from Guyer High School in Denton directed racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments toward students from an opposing school at a football game last Thursday, witnesses said. The alleged comments were made during a game against Mansfield’s Lake Ridge High School. “We were unable to corroborate instances of racial slurs used,” Denton school officials said in a statement, “however, the full investigation is not complete as we are reviewing further allegations of hateful speech di

Here are your District 8 Dallas ISD candidates

Exactly how the Dallas Independent School District should implement school choice and a teacher evaluation system are at the center of the race between two candidates vying to replace longtime trustee Miguel Solis. Attorney Joe Carreón, 32, and charter school teacher Alicia McClung, 29, are running for the District 8 Dallas ISD seat, which represents much of northwest Dallas. Solis, who has held that seat since 2013, is not seeking reelection. Early voting for the election will run from Oct. 1

Texas earns an ‘F’ in how it teaches students about climate change, groups say

Texas is failing to properly educate students on the realities of climate change and global warming, according to a new report by the National Center for Science Education and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund. The report gave Texas and five other states an “F” grade in terms of how well their schools addressed the scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by human activity, as well as the consensus that there are ways to mitigate its impact. “A failing grade on this t

Advocacy and accountability key for Dallas educator who is first Black man named Texas Teacher of the Year

Dallas elementary school teacher Eric Hale believes that you don’t need to wait for Superman if you’ve got your own cape in the closet. Hale draws on his own experiences as a Black student, saying he knows what it’s like to be “failed up” through the American education system. He wants to be a superhero for his students so they don’t have that same experience. “I’m an advocate for the children that I know are living in poverty, that I know are living in trauma — that’s my tribe,” he said. “I r

A Dallas elementary school once facing closure now celebrated among nation’s best

Just two years ago, Edward Titche Elementary School in Dallas was facing the possibility of closing because it had long been failing state academic standards. But this week, Titche was one of 28 Texas schools named a National Blue Ribbon School, an honor awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize campuses that are high performing and closing achievement gaps. Only 317 public and 50 private schools received the designation this year. “We knew our scholars had the ability,” Titche

University of Texas promises free tuition for low-income students

University of Texas promises full scholarships to in-state students with family incomes under $65K by 2020 In an effort to ease access to college, the University of Texas pledged Tuesday to provide full scholarships to undergraduates whose families make $65,000 or less annually. The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted to establish a $160 million endowment from the state's Permanent University Fund in order to offer the scholarships by fall 2020, according to a press release from