State teachers gave House leaders their take on the new job assessment pilot program designed by the Texas Education Agency. Teachers criticized the use of student test scores to measure job performance, calling the formula “black magic” with no type of scientific evidence.
As part an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, the TEA designed a program for teacher evaluation in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program. The proposed plan gives student end-of-course exams a 20 percent weight, which is a minimum set by federal education officials.
In every city there are hidden gems; places off the beaten trail, less known and less likely to be a tourist attraction, their cultural and historical value less straight forward.
Such sites include the marriage of Mexican craftsmanship and Spanish engineering that resulted in Espada Dam and aquaduct, the history of the cemetery on East Commerce, little family-owned shops that have maintained the traditions of their forebears, the spots far from city center, the repurposed, and the countless places overrun by time.
The Main Plaza Conservancy is asking Bexar County to contribute to the funding for a visual art exhibit coming to the San Fernando Cathedral.
Officials hope the artwork will become a national attraction, and have gone to Bexar County commissioners to ask for their support of the project's ongoing maintenance.
Father David Garcia is the director of the Old Spanish Missions, but it was in his additional capacity as a board member of the Main Plaza Conservancy that he went to commissioners to seek support for a new public art project on the plaza.
**Correction:It has been brought to our attention that the Protección candle showcased in this story was not created by the unidentified source that claimed to have done so. A corrected update is now included in this story immediately following the incorrect portion that was originally published.
It’s almost like an old school musician apprenticeship. We’re talking about a program conducted by Camerata San Antonio, the four-piece chamber ensemble. First, a reminder of who they are and what they do.
“We perform music from the baroque to today, and we try to keep every program eclectic,” said Camerata’s co-founder and violist Emily Freudigman. Not long ago in the hill country, while conducting a master class, the group realized something.
“Not only do we perform well together, we teach well together,” said Freudigman.
The idea isn’t a completely original one, but as is often the case, Boerne puts its own spin on it. It's called the "Art Waddle" and Boerne’s Mary Morton came up with it.
“My husband and I have gone on outings to other art walks throughout San Antonio and we’ve just enjoyed it tremendously and had gotten to know a neighborhood that we had never been to before. So that’s what we decided to do, and last year was our first year," Morton said.
“Now, you didn’t call it an 'art walk,' you called it an 'art waddle.' What’s the deal with that?" I asked.
Bexar County commissioners took time out of their business agenda Tuesday for a special remembrance of war casualties from the local community. The county honored the fallen soldiers with a video commemoration for Memorial Day.
Family members, wives and mothers joined local veterans in a video remembrance of the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades, something which Cheryl Lankford said she must do even if it’s hard.
AT&T company leaders are dismissing sexual harassment allegations made by a contracted employee late last year against two of its workers.
The complaint is the city's first since council members passed the controversial non-discrimination ordinance revision.
Last September, as city council debated the revised non-discrimination ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected groups in San Antonio, a case hinging on gender identity harassment was brewing.