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Getting off the High Horse

Knee-jerk reactions in a shock-jock world help no one.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
After a tough day, you’re decompressing, shutting out the world, checking out the lightest of internet fare. You come across a video with a headline about a high school teacher falling asleep in front of her class. What a los...


School Bullies

The Fort Worth district’s culture of intimidation goes far beyond the classroom.
BETTY BRINK
Last month, Fort Worth schools trustees voted to broaden the district’s antidiscrimination policy to include “gender identity and expression” for students. The change is designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and tra...



Chopping from the Top

Proposed school district budget cuts aim at lower-paid workers, skipping most administrators.
BETTY BRINK
“Every time we are asked to make cuts, we start at the bottom, not the top,” said Fort Worth schools trustee Carlos Vasquez. “I have asked that we start at the top, but it never happens. … We are asked instead to cut te...


The Emperor’s New Budget

Maybe Perry’s school didn’t have money to teach math.
DAVE McNEELY
It’s time for the state to tighten its belt, wrote Talmadge Heflin, former chair of the Appropriations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, back in February.



Dis-Connects

Another expensive computer program looks like another painful mess for Fort Worth schools.
BETTY BRINK
This is the time of year when high school seniors usually receive the fall semester transcripts they need to apply for college. It’s also the time when they must start filing requests for the scholarships and other financial ...


Whistle, Stopped

A school district investigation barely laid a glove on Joe Palazzolo but gave plenty of tips on how to silence whistleblowers.
BETTY BRINK
In my 21 years in FWISD I have not worked with a finer AP than Joe Palazzolo. Mr. P is hard-working, on the job every hour of every day. He is proactive, consistent, fair, and has a wonderful sense of humor. … Our 9th grade t...



Bullying from the Top

How can kids learn proper behavior when school district leaders are hostile to honesty?
LINDA LABEAU
The Fort Worth school district, like many districts around the country, spends considerable energy on the problem of reducing bullying behavior among its students.


Powder Keg at Arlington Heights High

Widespread attendance fraud is only one in a long list of allegations at the Westside school.
BETTY BRINK
The teacher was stunned at what she saw at this year’s Arlington Heights High School graduation — and not in a good way. “I saw at least 22 kids get their diplomas who I knew had missed so many days that there was no way ...



There’ll BePeace in Texas

Rita Marie Johnson wants to seed American society with nonviolent kids.
JEFF PRINCE
Rita Marie Johnson is arguably one of the most successful peace advocates in the world. But you won’t see her marching in the street in protest of the war in Afghanistan or picketing outside a military base.


Keys to the Future

A major piano festival and one of the best piano schools around play softly at TCU.
KRISTIAN LIN
On a lazy summer evening at TCU’s Ed Landreth Auditorium, a casual observer probably couldn’t tell that one of Fort Worth’s most significant musical events is taking place.