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11:01 am
Fri August 9, 2013

How Are Texas Schools Performing? New Accountability Ratings Tell Us

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

The state has released this year’s school accountability ratings under the agency’s new rating system, which show 84 percent of all individual campuses and charter schools "met standard."

The new school accountability system, which was passed by the Texas Legislature during the regular session earlier this year, was designed to make it easier for parents to understand how each school district and individual campuses measured up.

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The Source - August 8, 2013
8:56 am
Fri August 9, 2013

The Source: Language Diversity | 'Blackfish' | SAWS, Stage 3 And The Drought

U.S. Census Bureau

In the first segment:

The U.S. Census Bureau released a study this week titled Language Use In The United States: 2011 that shows how diverse our population's language preferences are at home. We talk with Camille Smith, a statistician from the U.S. Census Bureau, about their findings.

In the second segment:

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Classical Spotlight
8:40 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Video: Miguel Del Aguila Featured With Olmos Ensemble

John Clare and Miguel del Aguila
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

This weekend kicks off the first of two concerts for the Olmos Ensemble. Led by oboist Mark Ackerman, the nineteen year old chamber group, will feature "Sizzlin' Latin American/Spanish Music" this Sunday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Antonio.

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World Celebrations
11:39 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

World Celebrations: Pigs, Pucks, and Horses

King Puck statue.
ltub Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, a small French town squeals like a pig, a furious horse race runs in Italy, and an Irish town celebrates its 400th birthday.

LA POURCAILHADE

If it looks like a pig and squeals like a pig, it might not be. Once a year, the pretty town of Trie-sur-Baïse in the high Pyrenees, France, recalls its illustrious past as the country’s largest pig market. 

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City Government
5:16 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

City Services To Take Hit Under Proposed 2014 Budget

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a news conference following the City Council meeting where City Manager Sheryl Sculley presented next year’s proposed budget, she summed up the process in three words: Tough budget year.

Sculley and her team found $13.5 million in cuts, mostly administrative, but that doesn’t make up for the $35 million -$50 million gap the city is facing. Other measures and cuts will have to be made.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Perry Reiterates Obamacare Stance As Sebelius Visits SA

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Texas today by issuing a statement saying he will fight the Affordable Care Act from being implemented in the state.

"With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well."

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Texas Music
4:31 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Seth Walker's "Time Can Change" A Winner, Start To Finish

Seth Walker
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Texas Politics
3:45 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Texas Democratic Party Counting On Young Democrats In Next Election

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention last year, will take the stage as the keynote speaker at this week's National Young Democrats Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he hopes this week’s National Young Democrats Convention in the Alamo City will continue momentum for the party. 

Hinojosa is looking to carry over nationwide support for Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

"They identify with her," Hinojosa said. "They identify with her story of being a teenage mom who put herself through college and eventually made it into Harvard Law School and then the Texas Legislature."

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Friday Deadline To Finalize Pre-K 4 SA District Enrollment

Classrooms are being prepared for the first day, while districts participating in program have not completed enrollment numbers.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio school districts taking part in the early education measure known as Pre-K 4 SA have until Friday to submit the names of the children who will attend classes.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni credited the districts for their expertise in enrolling kids. Many of the districts are also concurrently enrolling children for their own pre-K programs.

He said Pre-K 4 SA needs to finalize its enrollment list to get ready for the first day, which is Aug. 26.

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Education
11:37 am
Thu August 8, 2013

State School Board Member Agrees To CSCOPE Debate With Sen. Dan Patrick

The debate between Sen. Patrick (pictured) and State Board Of Education Member Thomas Ratliff is scheldued for Aug. 24 in Tyler.
State of Texas

Texas State School Board Member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has answered the challenge from Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, agreeing to debate alleged problems with CSCOPE lesson plans.

CSCOPE is an online curriculum provider developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative that was providing lesson plan resources for 877 school districts in Texas.

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