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Texas Public Schools
3:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

New Board Of Education Curriculum Plan Makes Algebra II Optional

This week Texas State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill laid out how the new math curriculum standards work for Texas high school students.

There are some that still take issue with the absence of Algebra II from the list of required high school courses, and are looking for ways to add it back in 2015.

The SBOE decided to split the list of math courses between three years of required critical thinking math courses. During a student’s senior year, they would be allowed to pick a specialized math elective.

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Higher Education Funding
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

UTSA Launching Crowdfunding Site For Research And Student Projects

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is launching its own crowdfunding website and UTSA Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand said it is likely the first university in the state to do so.

UTSA is taking the online individual-donor approach used on platforms like Kickstarter and GoFundMe to fund some of its own projects. 

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The Source - March 27, 2014
1:09 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Source: The Legacy Of The 'Red Scare' In Texas

When "Red Scare: Right-Wing Hysteria, Fifties Fanaticism, and Their Legacy in Texas" was first published in 1985 it won the Texas State Historical Society's prize for best book on Texas History.

Now nearly 30 years later, it has been republished by the University of Texas Press and is still resounds with the ideas of political messaging, group think and the darker parts of our common history.

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Texas Public Schools
12:23 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Parents Testify As Legislative Committee Considers Fewer Primary School Tests

Testimony before the Texas House Public Education Interim Committee.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

During the previous legislative session the Texas Legislature passed a bill that reduced testing for high school students. This week lawmakers on the House Public Education Committee discussed the possibility of doing the same for students in elementary and middle schools. 

Michelle Perry, who has a son in the 7th grade, testified before the interim committee about how tests have contributed to her son losing interest in school.

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2014 Governor's Race
11:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

What Equal Pay Laws Do For Gender Equality

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Equal pay laws have become the main focus in in the governor's race between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, but how much can equal pay laws actually accomplish for the issue?

Joseph Fishkin, a discrimination law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said equal pay laws boil down to one question: When do you have to file a lawsuit? That question gave rise to the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which defines that a complainant has 180 days from the time wage discrimination was discovered. 

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The Source - March 26, 2014
1:14 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Source: Steve Jobs Biographer And Aspen Institute CEO

Walter Isaacson
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From The Sunday Times of London and The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, to Time magazine and CNN, Walter Isaacson reported and edited stories on people, a skill he would need when he began his life as a biographer.

Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and Steve Jobs were the subjects of his tomes. Isaacson's book about Jobs, "Steve Jobs: A Life," shattered records for first day sales; the book came out shortly after the Apple founder's death.

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The Source - March 26, 2014
1:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Source: AACOG Executives In Hot Water

Alamo Area Council of Governments

The Alamo Area Council Of Governments (AACOG) is under intense scrutiny after it came to light that they had refurbished office space for TriHM Foundation on the understanding that they would be given $40 million in grants.

But TriHM never moved into the space. It would later be revealed that TriHM head Jackqueline Cooper had promised millions of dollars in grants all over Texas that were never paid out. Her own employees were never paid, and the Texas attorney general's office has no record of TriHM as a nonprofit.

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The Source - March 26, 2014
1:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Source: This Weekend's Siclovia Southtown Ride

Siclovia moves from Broadway to Southtown this weekend
David Martin Davies TPR News

Popular fitness event Síclovía will be rolling through Southtown on its way to Mission Concepción this Sunday, March 30.

The preceding two Síclovías have seen Broadway Street closed off to traffic so that cyclists and pedestrians could get out and move. The first event attracted 15,000 people, but last year's event saw growth to four times that number with over 65,000. 

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Lackland Investigation
12:08 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Witnesses Detail Maltreatment By Former Lackland Instructor

Administrative building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where legal proceedings are held.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A military judge late Friday handed down a sentence for a former military training instructor who pled guilty to charges of maltraining and cruel and oppressive treatment of her basic trainees.

Judge Donald Eller sentenced Staff Sgt. Annamarie Ellis to eight months in confinement, a reduction in rank to Airman basic and a bad conduct discharge. 

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland spokeswoman Lt. Samantha Degnan said the offenses occurred over a 22-month period from 2009 to 2010 and involve the whole flights, instead of individuals.

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Military In San Antonio
11:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future

The San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

On Tuesday three of the nation’s top military medical commanders offered a look at the current state of military health care in San Antonio -- from advances in research to new advanced battlefield treatment.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., joined Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, director of the San Antonio Military Health System, and Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Byron Hepburn, the first director of the San Antonio Military Health System, for the panel discussion.

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