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Dallas Examiner | 5/20/2013, 11:14 a.m. | Updated on 5/20/2013, 4:03 p.m.
On May 4, House Bill 1009, the Protection of Texas Children Act, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives. ...

Children At-Risk has listed the top 10 public high schools and top five urban comprehensive high schools in North Texas with their statewide ranking.

• No. 1 – School for the Talented and Gifted

• No. 2 – School of Science and Engineering

• No. 4 – Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

• No. 7 – School of Health Professions

• No. 8 – Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet

• No. 15 – Trinidad Garza Early College High School

• No. 19 – Middle College High School

• No. 20 – Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services

• No. 21 – Highland Park High School of Highland Park ISD

• No. 22 – Uplift Education North Hills Prep of Uplift Education

Best Urban Comprehensive High Schools:

• Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School of Fort Worth ISD

• Skyline High School

• James Madison High School

• Moises E. Molina High School

• W. H. Adamson High School

Furthermore, Dallas ISD’s Business and Management Magnet was ranked 11th best high school in North Texas and Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts ranked 13th.


On May 23, the Education Committee of the Oak Cliff Chamber will host its Educator of the Year Celebration, a special celebration honoring the community’s best educators in the college, high school, middle school, elementary and pre-school categories. Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor of Dallas County Community College District, will be the honored guest and speaker. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Hitt Auditorium of Methodist Hospital, located at 1441 N. Beckley Ave. To register or obtain more information, contact Chelsea Klepfer at 214-943-4567 ext. 17 or cklepfer@oakcliffchamber.org.


The DFW International Community Alliance has served as the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally focused civic, community and educational organizations since 1996.

On May 25, the Dallas international Festival will be held at the Centennial Building in Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. It will feature almost 80 performing arts groups on three stages, and North

Texas’ global performers, including:

• Argentina performers, Danzas Folkloricas del Centro Argentino DFW

• Bosnia performers, Bosniak Association Lily

• China performers, Dallas Huayun Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra

• Egypt performers, Nadi El Raks Belly Dance Ensemble

• Ethiopia performers, The Habeshas

• India performers, Noopur Dance Academy

• Ireland performers, Shandon-O’Regan Irish Dance Academy

• Jamaica performers, Watusi

• Mexico performers, Garland I.S.D. Mariachi Estrellas

• Poland performers, Orleta

• Samoa, New Zealand, Hawaii performers, A Touch of Paradise

• Venezuela performers, Parranda Venezuela

• Vietnam performers, Vietnamese Plano Baptist Church Dancers

• W. Africa, Guinee performers, Fabere Dance Company

• Zimbabwe performers, Zimma-Rimba Marimba

The festival will also host an International Bazaar with more than 100 booths, including a Children’s Discovery Center, cooking demonstrations and a Global Drum Circle. To learn more about the festival, visit http://dfwinternational.org.


Dallas ISD and the Young Arts Institute will hold a free chess camp for up to 300 students in the district. The camp is open from June 24 through July 11 to students from first through eighth grade and will be held at Cesar Chavez Learning Center, 1710 N. Carroll, Monday through Thursday. The classes are divided into two sessions, 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can attend either session but space is limited. For more information, call 214-337-0025 or email youngartsinstitute@sbcglobal.net.