Education http://tpr.org en Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations http://tpr.org/post/texas-education-commissioner-requests-extension-rollout-new-teacher-evaluations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.</span></p><p>As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:37:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35659 at http://tpr.org Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools http://tpr.org/post/push-ethnic-studies-texas-schools Ever since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, many educators, students and activists have pushed for more ethnic studies in public schools.<p>In 1968 at a San Francisco State University, students led the longest student strike in the country&#8217;s history calling for ethnic studies programs that accurately represented the student body and their needs. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:52:28 +0000 editor 35206 at http://tpr.org A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools Labor Secretary Visits Alamo Colleges Toyota Program http://tpr.org/post/labor-secretary-visits-alamo-colleges-toyota-program <p>U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was in San Antonio this week to see the progress of a partnership between the Alamo Colleges and Toyota Motor Manufacturing.</p><p>St. Philip’s College houses the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. Students who are accepted into the program get jobs with Toyota while in school.</p><p>19-year-old Sarah Escobar, a maintenance technician, started the AMT program in high school and already has a certificate before finishing her two year degree. She said she plans to stay with Toyota while finishing a bachelor's degree.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:06:11 +0000 Joey Palacios 34946 at http://tpr.org Labor Secretary Visits Alamo Colleges Toyota Program UT Austin President Bill Powers Resigns, Stepping Down June 2015 http://tpr.org/post/ut-austin-president-bill-powers-resigns-stepping-down-june-2015 <p></p><p>University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced that he had accepted the resignation of UT Austin President Bill Powers.&nbsp;</p><p>Powers has agreed to step down as president in June 2015, after the next legislative session.</p><p>Powers is a witnesses in the Legislature’s impeachment investigation of UT Board of Regent Wallace Hall, who had launched his own investigation of whether Powers had been involved with admissions fixing for certain state lawmakers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:15:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34775 at http://tpr.org UT Austin President Bill Powers Resigns, Stepping Down June 2015 House Committee Wants UT Regents To Hold Off On Any Action Against Pres. Bill Powers http://tpr.org/post/house-committee-wants-ut-regents-hold-any-action-against-pres-bill-powers <p></p><p>This Thursday, the University of Texas Board of Regents is planning to discuss the possible resignation of UT at Austin President Bill Powers or his termination.</p><p>Powers was the focal point of embattled Regent Wallace Hall’s independent investigation over claims that Powers had been involved in admissions fixing for certain lawmaker's children.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:56:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34701 at http://tpr.org House Committee Wants UT Regents To Hold Off On Any Action Against Pres. Bill Powers SBOE's Thomas Ratliff Calls For State To Abandon No Child Left Behind http://tpr.org/post/sboes-thomas-ratliff-calls-state-abandon-no-child-left-behind <p>Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff said he would like to see the state completely abandon the federal No Child Left Behind program.&nbsp;</p><p>Ratliff said in 2013 lawmakers reduced the number of tests for high school students but failed in their attempts to do the same for elementary and middle school students out of fear that Texas would lose its federal public education dollars. Ratliff said that money only accounts for less than 10% of the state public education budget.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:40:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34629 at http://tpr.org St. Mary's University School Of Law To Offer Full-Ride Scholarship http://tpr.org/post/st-marys-university-school-law-offer-full-ride-scholarship <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Mary’s University has announced its first-ever full-ride scholarship with a stipend for students performing community service.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Mary’s Presidential Scholarship is open to any law school applicant with outstanding academic achievement and a commitment of service.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:08:32 +0000 Eileen Pace 34147 at http://tpr.org St. Mary's University School Of Law To Offer Full-Ride Scholarship Deaf Exchange Student Inspires Sign Language Classes At Marshall HS http://tpr.org/post/deaf-exchange-student-inspires-sign-language-classes-marshall-hs <p>For the past year an exchange student from the Philippines has been living in San Antonio, but what separates her from her peers is that she’s deaf. Her impact at Marshall High School has prompted the school to offer American Sign Language as a course.</p><p>18-year-old Nicole Linsangan came to the United States in August of last year with a desire to see the world.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:01:01 +0000 Joey Palacios 34092 at http://tpr.org Deaf Exchange Student Inspires Sign Language Classes At Marshall HS UIW Seals Deal With Brooks City-Base For New Medical School http://tpr.org/post/uiw-seals-deal-brooks-city-base-new-medical-school <p></p><p>The University of the Incarnate Word and Brooks City Base have come to an agreement to build a new medical school at the site of the former Air Force installation.</p><p>After two years of searching, UIW has decided to use the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine for its new School of Osteopathic Medicine. The boards of both UIW and Brooks City Base approved a memorandum of understanding to use the 23 acre facility, which closed in 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>UIW President Louis Agnese said the university had been scouting three locations.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:32:13 +0000 Joey Palacios 33208 at http://tpr.org UIW Seals Deal With Brooks City-Base For New Medical School Toyota, BiblioTech Launch Robotics Program For San Antonio Youth http://tpr.org/post/toyota-bibliotech-launch-robotics-program-san-antonio-youth <p></p><p>BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital bookless library, is launching its own set of robotics teams for children and students.</p><p>Education initiatives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are exploding around the city. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has awarded BiblioTech $15,000 to create a team robotics program called the First Lego League (FLL).</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:59:59 +0000 Joey Palacios 33097 at http://tpr.org Toyota, BiblioTech Launch Robotics Program For San Antonio Youth