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Dallas Examiner | 8/21/2013, 7:01 a.m.

The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

Dallas ISD African American and Hispanic students have recently showed gains in the college-ready Level II Recommended results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

On Monday, the school district announced that the performance of its minority students on the 2013 STAAR moved the district forward in narrowing the achievement gap when compared with the performance of White students statewide, by 1.5 percentage points. While African American students narrowed the achievement gap, the statewide African American/White achievement gap widened by a 0.9 percentage point.

Hispanic students in the district also narrowed the achievement gap with White students statewide by a 0.9 percentage point. Statewide, Hispanic students narrowed the achievement gap with their White peers by only a 0.4 percentage point.

“While 1.5 percentage points might not seem like a lot, it is a firm foundation we will build on every year to reach our goal of significantly closing the achievement gap by the year 2020,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles.

DALLAS

Immunization services for K-12 Dallas ISD students will be offered at all of the district’s Youth and Family Centers, in partnership with Parkland Hospital.

Vaccinations are required before the first day of school. The centers will offer immunizations for $5, while services such as office visits requiring lab work are $15 and prescriptions are also $5.

To schedule an appointment or find the nearest center, call 214-266-1257 or visit http://www.dallasisd.org/immunizations.

Tuesday and Thursday,

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adamson, 201 E. Ninth St.

Amelia Flores, 9941 Lingo Lane

Fair Oaks, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.

Redbird, 3803 Boulder Drive

Monday through Wednesday,

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon

KIOSCO, 10034 Hedgeway Drive

Vivian Field, 13551 Dennis Lane

West Dallas, 3131 N. Hampton Road

Wilmer-Hutchins, 5520 Langdon Road

Seagoville, 15800 Seagoville Road

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Balch Springs, 701 Cheyenne Road

AUSTIN

The Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 and Senate Joint Resolution 1 on Monday, ending, at least for now, the long debate over transportation funding.

Solving funding problems for Texas’ roads was on the agenda for each special session called this summer. The plan passed by the Legislature will increase transportation funding by an estimated $1.2 billion annually. HB 1 and SJR 1 will allocate money from oil and gas production taxes above the net amount received in 1987 to both the State Highway Fund and the Rainy Day Fund.

Also included in the plan are requirements for the Texas Department of Transportation to identify $100 million in efficiency savings to help pay down its existing debt and for a select committee to study transportation financing over the interim.

The proposals will be up for a vote by Texas voters in 2014.

DALLAS

Dallas residents gave a resounding “No” last month to prohibiting plastic and paper grocery bags. A petition was signed by 3,098 residents to stop the ban and the signatures were delivered to Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas City Council on Thursday.