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10:13 am
Fri December 28, 2012

How Premont ISD Beat The Odds And The TEA To Stay Open

Premont ISD has struggled with attendance, academic performance and mismanaged finances for years, and are now under strict TEA monitoring to get the district back on track and keep the doors open.
David Martin Davies TPR

Premont ISD has struggled with low attendance, low test scores and poor finances for years, but when a letter from the TEA came threatening to close the school, everyone knew that something must be done.

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College Registration
10:04 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Palo Alto College Adjusts Registration Hours For Busy Students

The Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center.
Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College is having a special registration event that will keep the doors open until midnight on Jan. 9; even with night classes, registration normally occurs during regular business hours.

Vice-President of Student Affairs Robert Garza said the school wants to reach more potential students who may have missed registration hours in the past. Garza said new students will especially find the process easier than they expected, but everyone is welcome.

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Fronteras Desk
2:09 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Unique New Congresswoman From Arizona Prepares For National Stage

Representative-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)
Fronteras

Kyrsten Sinema, who was homeless for a time growing up, is headed to Congress, and another Arizona lawmaker, Ann Kirkpatrick, is returning to Washington in January after sitting out a term. Some people returning to Mexico are still facing economic struggles in their home country. Also, we report Mexico has its own population of people living in the shadows.

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Classical Spotlight
1:12 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Ring In The New Year With Texas Public Radio Via Vienna

Conductor Franz Welser Most
Roger Mastroianni IMG Artists

Live broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic and Franz Welser Most takes place Jan. 1st

The Vienna Philharmonic has selected the General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, Franz Welser Most, to conduct the New Year's Concert 2013. Philharmonic Chairman Clemens Hellsberg said the invitation was extended not only on the basis of the convincing artistic success of his New Year's Concert 2011, but also in recognition of Most's stellar collaboration with the Philharmonic as well as in the Vienna State Opera.

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12:54 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Higher Education And Preserving The Class Divide

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A striking look at how three girls from middle to low income families in Galveston are fighting their way toward a college education and success. “Everyone wants to think of education as an equalizer — the place where upward mobility gets started,” said Greg J. Duncan, an economist at the University of California, Irvine. “But on virtually every measure we have, the gaps between high- and low-income kids are widening. It’s very disheartening.”
"I don't want to work at Walmart" like her mother, she wrote to a school counselor. Weekends and summers were devoted to a college-readiness program, where her best friends, Melissa O'Neal and Bianca Gonzalez, shared her drive to "get off the island" - escape the prospect of dead-end lives in luckless Galveston.
The Source
11:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez On The Fiscal Cliff

Outgoing San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez in his 2012 congressional portrait.
U.S. Congress

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is ending a 14-year career in the U.S. House, and he's going out as things are heating up -- the august body is still dealing with the political crisis known as the fiscal cliff. Gonzalez explains why he’s leaving Congress and what his successor, Joaquín Castro, needs to know to deal with the pressures of Washington D.C.

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Criminal Justice
10:31 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Bexar County Joins Other Metros To Reform State Criminal Justice System

Bexar County

A coalition of the state’s major metro counties has an agenda to convince legislators that a sea-change is needed in rehabilitating jail and prison inmates.

The Offender Re-entry Council has been working to lower costs of criminal justice, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety, but in the early- to mid-90s, the talk around Texas was of jail overcrowding and building more prisons.

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Community Safety
5:34 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Preparing For The Worst: Tragedy Aftermath Turns To Emergency Preparedness

Concerns and fears in the wake of shooting sprees in Connecticut and Aurora, Colo. have prompted a “what if” mentality for people with children in school and others in public places.

"I think for the most part people are confused, and out of that confusion comes fear,” said former military combative instructor and martial arts expert Michael Hanson.

Active Shooter Self-Defense Class

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Community Giving
1:55 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

San Antonio Archbishop Pays Christmas Visit To Christus Santa Rosa

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller hugs Consuelo Rangel and prays with her son Gilbert, who was in an accident
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

While children all over San Antonio spent Christmas at home with family, others spent the holiday in the hospital. It’s not the ideal place for a solemn celebration, so San Antonio’s Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller brought a little Christmas spirit to them.

Through prayer, Archbishop Gustavo, as he likes to be called, went from room to room at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital downtown.

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Community Giving
12:40 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Children's Shelter Receives Abundance Of Community Support For Holiday

Residents at the San Antonio Children’s Shelter will be treated to a special Christmas “just like home” this year. Community organizations brought in truckloads of toys and volunteered their time for the kids.

The San Antonio Children’s Shelter usually has upwards of 50 children staying at the center, who usually come from homes in crisis. CEO Annette Rodriguez said the holidays are a sad time of the year for many of the kids.

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