Education http://tpr.org en West Schools Still In Temporary Buildings One Year After Explosion http://tpr.org/post/west-schools-still-temporary-buildings-one-year-after-explosion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It has been one year since the fertilizer plant explosion that leveled several school campuses in the North Texas town of West and administrators are still recovering. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p>West Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jan Hungate said the plant explosion destroyed three campuses, so for now an entire school system is using portable buildings.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:54:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30244 at http://tpr.org West Schools Still In Temporary Buildings One Year After Explosion Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children http://tpr.org/post/lawmaker-announces-2015-education-choice-plan-special-needs-children <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April is National Autism Awareness Month and state Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, has announced plans for a bill in 2015 that allows special needs children to attend classes in a school district without living in that district.</span></p><p>New statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have some form of autism; Simmons, who has a 29-year-old son with a form of autism, said that means 6,000 children annually in Texas will be affected.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30216 at http://tpr.org Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children Citing Lack Of Participation, South San ISD Opts Out Of Pre-K 4 SA's Second Year http://tpr.org/post/citing-lack-participation-south-san-isd-opts-out-pre-k-4-sas-second-year <p>After two hours of debate, board members of the South San Antonio Independent School District rejected joining the city’s Pre-K 4 SA program.</p><p>South San ISD approved last year’s memorandum of understanding with the city on Pre-K 4 SA but declined to do so this year under the direction of newly hired Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. The board voted 6-1, with Rose Marie Martinez the lone dissenting vote.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:06:40 +0000 Joey Palacios 30199 at http://tpr.org Citing Lack Of Participation, South San ISD Opts Out Of Pre-K 4 SA's Second Year SAISD & Alamo Colleges To Open New Early College High School At St. Philip's College http://tpr.org/post/saisd-alamo-colleges-open-new-early-college-high-school-st-philips-college <p>Beginning this fall, St. Philip’s College will play host to SAISD students in the district’s second early college high school.</p><p>St. Philip’s College has 10,000 students, but 100 high school freshmen will call the campus home in August. SAISD has formally approved an agreement with the Alamo Colleges to open a school on campus where, by graduation, students will earn 60 hours of college credit or even an associates degree.</p><p>Leslie Price, a spokeswoman for SAISD, said students will take their normal educational curriculum but also take classes for college credit.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:40:23 +0000 Joey Palacios 30170 at http://tpr.org SAISD & Alamo Colleges To Open New Early College High School At St. Philip's College Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors http://tpr.org/post/pre-k-4-sa-welcomes-new-center-directors <p>As the city prepares for the second year of Pre-K 4 SA, its early childhood measure, two more centers will be opening.</p><p>Christina Reck-Guerra (West Side) and Janice Hammonds (East Side) will guide the new education centers as Pre-K 4 SA expands, bringing the total number of centers to the program's maximum of four.</p><p>Hammonds comes from the Austin Independent School District where's she has served 27 years, most recently as the principal of an early childhood education center.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:44:43 +0000 Ryan Loyd 29460 at http://tpr.org Pre-K 4 SA Welcomes New Center Directors Gubernatorial Pre-K Platforms: Davis Wants Expansion, All-Day Programs, Abbott Focuses On Quality http://tpr.org/post/gubernatorial-pre-k-platforms-davis-wants-expansion-all-day-programs-abbott-focuses-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Teachers who are endorsing Democrat Wendy Davis for governor say Republican Greg Abbott was wrong for calling it a “waste to expand access” to state pre-K programs. But </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">there are some who agree with the idea that quality should come before quantity.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:16:37 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29301 at http://tpr.org Gubernatorial Pre-K Platforms: Davis Wants Expansion, All-Day Programs, Abbott Focuses On Quality Students At Alamo Colleges Voice Opposition To Bundled E-Books & Tuition http://tpr.org/post/students-alamo-colleges-voice-opposition-bundled-e-books-tuition <p>Students in the Alamo Colleges system may soon have certain instructional materials bundled into their tuition costs in the coming semesters. How the plan will be implemented remains to be decided, but students are already showing opposition.</p><p>In January, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees voted to bundle electronic instructional materials into certain classes. When students pay their tuition there will be an additional cost for the pre-approved materials in the form of e-books and other items that can be accessed online.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:53:19 +0000 Joey Palacios 29089 at http://tpr.org New Board Of Education Curriculum Plan Makes Algebra II Optional http://tpr.org/post/new-board-education-curriculum-plan-makes-algebra-ii-optional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week Texas State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill laid out how the new math curriculum standards work for Texas high school students.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">here are some that still take issue with the absence of Algebra II from the list of required high school courses, and are looking for ways to add it back in 2015.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:37:01 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29032 at http://tpr.org UTSA Launching Crowdfunding Site For Research And Student Projects http://tpr.org/post/utsa-launching-crowdfunding-site-research-and-student-projects <p>The University of Texas at San Antonio is launching its own crowdfunding website and UTSA Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand said it is likely the first university in the state to do so.</p><p>UTSA is taking the online individual-donor approach used on platforms like <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> and <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/" target="_blank">GoFundMe</a> to fund some of its own projects.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:53:55 +0000 Joey Palacios 29028 at http://tpr.org UTSA Launching Crowdfunding Site For Research And Student Projects Parents Testify As Legislative Committee Considers Fewer Primary School Tests http://tpr.org/post/parents-testify-legislative-committee-considers-fewer-primary-school-tests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the previous legislative session the Texas Legislature passed a bill that reduced testing for high school students. This week lawmakers on the House Public Education Committee discussed the possibility of doing the same for students in elementary and middle schools.&nbsp; </span></p><p>Michelle Perry, who has a son in the 7th grade, testified before the interim committee about how tests have contributed to her son losing interest in school.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:23:55 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28968 at http://tpr.org Parents Testify As Legislative Committee Considers Fewer Primary School Tests