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DCS Strangled by Debt, Running Low on Money

DCS Strangled by Debt, Running Low on Money

Dallas County Schools says they may soon run out of money if they can’t renegotiate payments on millions of dollars of debt. Read More

Investigations
Monday, Feb 20, 2017
Policing the Schools

Policing the Schools

Across America, hundreds of thousands of school children are suspended, expelled or arrested each year. An NBC investigation shows that black students with disabilities are arrested, suspended or expelled far more often than other... Read More

DCS Gave Taxpayer Money to Non-Profit Run by Superintendent

DCS Gave Taxpayer Money to Non-Profit Run by Superintendent

NBC 5 Investigates has uncovered records showing Dallas County schools gave several thousand dollars of taxpayer money to a charity run by the DCS Superintendent, Rick Sorrells. Read More

DCS Chief Financial Officer Suddenly Resigns

DCS Chief Financial Officer Suddenly Resigns

The chief financial officer hired by Dallas County Schools last fall to help fix the bus agency's financial problems suddenly resigned Wednesday. Read More

Dallas ISD Puts Bus Contractor DCS on Shorter Leash

Dallas ISD Puts Bus Contractor DCS on Shorter Leash

Dallas ISD administrators are taking new steps to keep the beleaguered DCS bus contractor on a short leash. Read More

Investigations
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017
Feds Spent More Than $10,000 on Smoking Hut for Workers

Feds Spent More Than $10,000 on Smoking Hut for Workers

A government agency spent thousands building a glass-enclosed hut to provide shelter for workers taking a smoke break. Read More

Calls for New Ethics Rules at DCS After NBC 5 Investigation

Calls for New Ethics Rules at DCS After NBC 5 Investigation

The leader of Dallas County Schools wants new ethics rules for DCS board members after an NBC 5 investigation raised concerns over campaign contributions. Read More

Employees of DCS Vendor Donated Generously to Board Pres.

Employees of DCS Vendor Donated Generously to Board Pres.

DCS board president Larry Duncan accepted campaign contributions from people tied to the bus camera company with which DCS had partnered for a program that has left the district struggling to pay its bills. Read More

DCS Board Members Suggest They Were Left in Dark on Finances

DCS Board Members Suggest They Were Left in Dark on Finances

Two DCS school board members tell NBC 5 Investigates they had not seen financial reports from agency administrators for months. Read More

Records Detail How Bus Camera Program Sank DCS Finances

Records Detail How Bus Camera Program Sank DCS Finances

New records show how a school bus stop-arm camera program left Dallas County Schools in a battle to pay its own bills. Read More

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Awards

2015

Lone Star Emmy Awards, Lone Star Chapter
Investigative Report Single Story: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”
Military: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”
Education/Schools: “The Texas High School Helmet Tracker”

The RTDNA Gannett Foundation
Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism: “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

National Edward R. Murrow Award
Continuing Coverage
"Fire in the Attic"

National Edward R. Murrow Award
News Series
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

First Amendment Awards: Multimedia Project,
Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

First Amendment Awards: Best Investigation, Broadcast Large Market
Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

Texas AP Broadcasters Award: Best Investigation
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

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