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Charter Schools
4:49 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Side-By-Side Comparison Shows Charters Cost More And Have Lower Accountability Ratings

After looking into administrative pay and financial accountability, a comparison between Texas charter schools and public districts show an over 30 percent gap between the two groups as it pertains to student accountability ratings.

According to 2013 numbers taken from the Texas Education Agency’s website, 62 percent of charter schools were rated as meeting the standard, while 15 percent needed improvement. Not included that set of numbers was dropout recovery and residential treatment charters, which are rated by a different standard.

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KPAC Blog
3:26 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Freedom Brass & San Antonio Brass Are About To Make Big Music

Freedom Brass.
Elizabeth Castle

A brassy musical collaboration is about to take place. I spoke with two of their principals to find out what's going on. Master Sgt. Jeff Castle plays trumpet and is in charge of Freedom Brass.

"Freedom Brass is one of the chamber ensembles for the Band of the West," Castle said.

The Band of the West is a series of bands who make up the Air Force's musical wing. I also spoke to John Carroll, who plays trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony and is the executive director of the San Antonio Brass.

It is these two entities that have created a project together.

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2014 Governor's Race
2:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Abbott Education Plan Calls For Increasing Funding For Online Learning Resources

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a San Antonio campaign stop.
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Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott has released the third plank in his campaign education platform. Abbott is calling to increase funding for the state's Virtual Schools Network and awarding schools with grants to increase online learning.

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Texas Matters
1:38 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Stories About Motherhood & Family From A San Antonio Writer's Group

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Texas Matters: On this Mother’s Day weekend we honor our life givers, our moms. But that mother-offspring relationship is frequently complicated and always intense. We hear five true stories about mothers and mothering written by a San Antonio group of women writers called The Next Chapter.

As these women write and share their stories, discovering the beauty and power of their own words, we encourage you, other women and men, to find your voices and write your own story. There’s no greater heirloom to leave to the next generation.

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KPAC Blog
10:41 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Weekend San Antonio Chamber Choir Performances Mark A Big Change

San Antonio Chamber Choir.
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They’re called the San Antonio Chamber Choir, and they're about to go through a major change. But first, Founding Artistic Director Scott MacPherson describes the choir this way.

“ A professional choir of 24 to 32 singers here in San Antonio. We’re in our ninth season. It’s made up of singers from the greater San Antonio and Austin area,” MacPherson said.

As to what's happening, MacPherson said they have not one, but two performances this weekend.

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Health Studies
10:25 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UTHSC Studies Childhood Obesity Among Latinos

As diabetes and obesity remain at epidemic levels for the Latino community, a study at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio aims to keep Hispanic children from becoming another member of the statistic pool. 

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Beirut Series
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Beirut Part 5: A New, Uneasy Normal

Morning on the Corniche.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

I spent five days in Beirut in late March and I wonder if I’ll ever feel the same about the Middle East. I went to Beirut after researching its past, its government, its city-by-the-sea status, but going there I realized there’s a lot for which I was unprepared.

I wasn’t prepared for the armed checkpoints, which seemed scary at first, but I came to realize were Berutis trying to protect their neighborhoods from the worst. They’ve seen the worst many, many times.

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Natural Gas
4:44 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ban On Hydraulic Fracking In Denton Would Be A First In Texas

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The North Texas city of Denton sits atop one of the largest natural gas reserves and could become the first Texas city to ban hydraulic fracturing.

Opponents worry the process of extracting oil and gas is hazardous to residents' health and call it a violation of property rights.

Denton has had a temporary ban on fracking since 2012 but will consider permanently banning it in the next two months. Denton City council has the next 60 days to vote on the issue.

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Transportation Funding
2:55 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Transportation Expert Says Texas Will Need $28 Billion To Maintain Roads

Northbound traffic on Hwy. 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Following a study on the issue of transportation funding, a researcher from Texas A&M left lawmakers stunned when he detailed how the state will need even more money for roads over the next two years.   

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Chupachanga 2: The Artful West Side Party

Music at the Chupachanga.
Samantha Lopez

Chupachanga is a West Side block party. And here's why it’s more than just a block party: Art will be a byproduct of the party.

“This event is actually centered around large-scale print-making," said Samantha Lopez, the program coordinator a San Anto Cultural Arts.

“The way it works is that the artist carves into the woodblocks,” she said.

Those woodblocks get some ink and a big roller and voila! Three 3 ft. by 4 ft. prints are the result.

"Two of those prints will be sold," Lopez explained. "And then the last print goes to the artist."  

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