Colonies North Elementary teacher Patti Enriquez guides her Kindergarten and 1st grade "Newcomer Class" in learning the days of the week in English. Colonies North is NISD's target school for young refugee students.
CORRECTION, 12/19/13: The stricken statement below regarding Texas's ranking among states that take in refugees is incorrect.
Texas is home to more refugees from strife-torn countries than any other state, and San Antonio takes in more than any other city in Texas. TPR's Eileen Pace examines the scope of the refugee influx to our city, and the ways San Antonio manages the new populations in our series, “The Refugee Story: Building New Lives.”
Candidates running in next year's Republican and Democratic primaries are hoping to win the lottery. But instead of winning millions of dollars, they simply want a good spot on the March 4 primary ballot.
Tuesday, the candidates will draw for their places.
Tuesday is the deadline for the parties to hold a drawing that will determine how the primary ballots will look. In the Democratic drawing, Bexar County primary Director, Diana Arevalo, said they'll have candidates pick ping pong balls from a hat.
In a rare move for this time of year, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has declared Stage 3 water restrictions.
SAWS customers need not worry. A spokesperson tells TPR there is enough reserve water on hand at its Carrizo Aquifer storage site in southern Bexar County to not impose restrictions on its customers. But, SAWS itself will have to reduce its pumping out of the Edwards Aquifer by 35 percent.
SAWS, along with small municipalities like Universal City and Alamo Heights, are permit holders of the EAA. SAWS happens to be the largest permit holder.
The San Antonio Zoo has lost at least three reptiles, including a Komodo Dragon, in a fire this morning.
The fire in the zoo’s reptile house broke out at 6 a.m. According to zoo officials, a short circuit in what’s called a hog mat, which keeps the animals warm, is likely the cause. The small blaze took the fire department only 50 gallons of water to put out. However, three animals died due to smoke inhalation, including an 8-foot female Komodo dragon, a small snake and one other reptile.
San Antonio needs a few good artists. As the city's Public Art Manager Jimmy Leflore explains, “We’re looking for artists of different backgrounds, not just one particular type.”
There are several different kinds of public art projects they’re seeking artists for.
“We’ll have two new libraries," Leflore continues, "we have a series of parks that are going to be improved. We’re looking at probably eight to ten artists that will be selected in the coming year. There are over 20 projects that we’re looking to do as part of the 2012 bond package.”
The final days for San Antonio’s Adult Education Learning Centers are looming. The seven centers fell victim in the last city budget scrubbing, but the loss of the centers comes at a time when a new state law changes the way many people use community outreach programs to learn English, or pick-up computer skills.
This November, the State Board of Education closed the door on whether to water down the Theory of Evolution in 2014’s science textbooks, despite creationists’ efforts. Recently appearing in their first televised debate, three of the four Republican candidates running for Lieutenant Governor re-opened that door stating they would help pass laws to allow Creationism to be taught in public schools. Houston State Senator Dan Patrick was one of those
UPDATE, 12/16/13: For months, Texas House lawmakers have heard from attorneys for the U.T system and the Board of Regents regarding accusations that Regent Wallace Hall overstepped his authority as a state-appointed official by requesting thousands of documents in what some have deemed a “witch hunt” to terminate UT at Austin President Bill Powers. Hall is also accused of distributing students sensitive and private information. In early December Hall and his attorney agreed to have the embattled Regent testify before the House’s Select Committee on the Transparency of Gov
You may have seen it pop up recently downtown, and wondered what it's all about. A painting, nearly 100 feet wide, and almost 30 feet tall, on West Commerce street by Main Plaza, in an environment where it really stands out. It's quite unlike the environs, quite new, quite large, and quite red.
Maura Reilly, Director of the Linda Pace Foundation, describes it as "...an abstract design. So it’s an interesting addition to the Historic Main Plaza."