The Morning Bell

Friday mornings at 7:06am and 8:06am

The Morning bell is a news segment discussing all things education in Northeast Texas. We talk with school district officials, university presidents and private school officials about the latest developments affecting their institution. It can be heard during Morning Edition every Friday morning at 7:06 and 8:06.

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8:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Special Edition: Roundtable discussion with local superintendents

This week is the last week of the semester for Texas A&M University-Commerce students and it's the last week for The Morning Bell until the fall semester.

To end the spring series, we have gathered together multiple superintendents from across Northeast Texas to get a deeper analysis of topics we have covered during this series.

Joining us in the KETR studios is Terrell ISD Superintendent Micheal French, Sunnyvale ISD Superintendent Doug Williams, and Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper.

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The Morning Bell
7:10 am
Fri April 25, 2014

What are school districts doing to keep students safe?

School security has been a hot topic for many years and, unfortunately, isn't going to stop being one for many years. It's important that schools do all that they can to keep their students safe, so what are districts doing?

This week, we talk with Bonham ISD and Sulphur Springs ISD to see what they are doing to strengthen their school security on The Morning Bell.

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The Morning Bell
7:10 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Many want standardized testing to disappear in public schools

straighterline.com

After asking many people what they thought about standardized testing, the majority came back negative:

"Standardized testing in Texas puts a TON of pressure on teachers to prepare their students to do well on the tests, NOT to teach them things they should actually be learning. It's a huge hinderance to learning." -Matthew, Commerce.

"I say no. I believe it puts too much pressure on students and teachers. I definitely believe that it should not be a key factor in whether you graduate or not. Some students do great in school but terribly on tests." -Josh, Callisburg.

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The Morning Bell
7:10 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Tuition increases possible for A&M-Commerce

KETR

Possible tuition increases are on the way for Texas A&M University-Commerce students, but this time you may actually appreciate them.

This week on The Morning Bell, we discuss these increases and what it could mean for your future years at the university.

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The Morning Bell
7:10 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Your voice: Taser use in schools

Daniel Starks KETR

After a few weeks of continuing our talk of the use of tasers in schools, we concluded by asking for your opinion, and you gave it!

Listen as Daniel Starks reads some of your comments on the matter on this week's The Morning Bell.

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The Morning Bell
7:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Law enforcement reacts to ACLU's call to ban tasers

Commerce ISD Chief of Police Joe Venable
commerceisd.org

After a recent letter was sent from the ACLU of Texas to the Texas Education Agency asking them to ban the use of tasers in schools, Daniel Starks spoke with Commerce Independent School District Chief of Police, Joe Venable to get his take on the matter, since he is on the front line every day when it comes to disorderly conduct in schools.

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The Morning Bell
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

ACLU seeks taser ban in schools

Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist for the ACLU of Texas
aclutx.org

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, along with six other organizations, have asked the Texas Education Agency to stop the use of tasers by law enforcement in schools.

Daniel Starks talks with Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist for the ACLU of Texas, about the letter they sent and why they got involved this week on The Morning Bell.

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The Morning Bell
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Dan Jones: 'We've done all we can to keep costs low'

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones
tamuc.edu

College tuition is one of the biggest challenges that college students face when planning their futures. Texas A&M University-Commerce is doing what they can to help out.

Daniel Starks speaks with A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones on this week's edition of The Morning Bell.

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The Morning Bell
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Jefferies: 'We'll live with it and move on'

Greenville Superintendent Don Jefferies
greenvilleisd.com

Greenville Independent School District has been placed in a new district after the recent "reclassification and realignment" conducted by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).

This recent change will make Greenville ISD have to travel significantly further than in their past, and Superintendent Don Jefferies talks with Daniel Starks about what that means for the district on The Morning Bell.

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The Morning Bell
12:05 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Beaty: 'I'm not ready to say goodbye to Algebra II'

Dr. Marvin Beaty, Superintendent of Bonham ISD
bonhamisd.org

The Texas State Board of Education on Thursday voted to drop Algebra II from the required curriculum for high schoolers. This comes at a time where many states are starting to do the exact opposite by adding Algebra II to their required curriculum.

Dr. Marvin Beaty, Superintendent of Bonham ISD explains his views on the matter on this edition of The Morning Bell.

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The Morning Bell
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

What is an 'early exit incentive' for teachers?

Commerce ISD Board Member, Kathleen Hooten
www.commerceisd.org

Commerce Independent School District has proposed an incentive that may have some teachers curious, and we have school board member Kathleen Hooten with us on this edition of The Morning Bell, to tell us about it.

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