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9:31 am
Tue March 12, 2013

How Teachers Can Fail Chemistry But Still Teach It In Schools

State Rep. Mike Villarreal tutors a second grader at Herff Elementary School as part of his volunteer efforts through SA2020
Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio Representative Mike Villarreal has filed a bill to bring transparency to licensing procedures for school teachers.

Right now teachers take a composite exam with several different parts – including all the core subjects – but as long as their overall score is passing, the teachers don’t have to pass all of those subjects to be certified to teach them.

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School Improvements
5:10 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Bernal Proposes Easier Method To Approve Money For School Safety Projects

Dist. 1 Councilman Diego Bernal wants an easier method to approve safety improvements around city schools.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

School safety may be at the heart of nearly every project District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal advocates, but he said the rules for how the city spends money delay improvement projects.

Now he’s on a mission to change that.

"We can all agree that pedestrian safety around schools is a priority. No one's going to argue with that," he said.

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New Release
5:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Korevaar Is Bach For More With Partitas On New Disc

Latest release
Courtesy of MSR

Pianist David Korevaar balances an active performance career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His latest release includes the Six Partitas for Keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Listen to David talk about how he chose these works and the difficulty of making beautiful music from a composer’s "little black dots."

Watch an HD video of their talk here:

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SXSW
4:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW 2013: Chris Eska, Director of "The Retrieval"

Chris Eska, director

Chris Eska’s film “The Retrieval” is about a young boy sent to turn in a wanted man to a dangerous gang of bounty hunters. Filmed in rural Texas, the movie stars young Ashton Sanders as Will, and Tishuan Scott as Nate, the wanted man. The two form a close bond in the film, yet Will’s knowledge that he may have to betray that friendship casts a shadow over their relationship and adds tension to the narrative. 

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:05 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Board Adjusts Job Descriptions For Key Positions

Children from the George Gervin Academy hold signs in support of Pre-K 4 SA during a pre-voting press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR

As a subcommittee of the Pre-K 4 SA board prepares to receive recommendations from city staffers on how kids will enroll for the program, the board has been busy adjusting the job descriptions of some key positions.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said the board wanted to include as many qualified candidates as possible, without ruling anyone out because they didn’t have the right credentials.

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Texas Legislature
3:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Removing Politics From The State Board Of Education

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

A Texas lawmaker his filed a bill that would completely revamp the structure of the State Board of Education.

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said she filed House Bill 906 in order to change how the State Board of Education members are elected because of what she calls some "glaring defects."

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SXSW
2:22 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW 2013: Actress Trieste Kelly Dunn, on "Loves Her Gun"

Sarah (Melissa Hideko Bisagni) teaches Allie (Trieste Kelly Dunn) how to fire a gun.
Romina Olson

“When I came into the process of shooting this film I was much more terrified of guns than I am now,” says actress Trieste Kelly Dunn.  Dunn stars as ‘Allie’ in the new film “Loves Her Gun” from Austin-based director Geoff Marslett.  The movie follows a broken Brooklynite as she leaves her New York home after getting mugged, to tag along with a group of ragtag musicians. Eventually she settles in Austin, but “her paranoia follows her,” Dunn says.

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Business
12:47 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Chamber Members/Business Leaders Back From SA To D.C. Trip

Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio business leaders have returned home optimistic after a week-long lobbying trip to Washington.

Business leaders, along with officials from the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, target certain projects and issues every year as Congress starts looking at new legislation.

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Classical Spotlight
11:26 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Hear The 5 Browns Live In Boerne

The Four Browns and Stephen Beus
courtesy of the artist

On Saturday, February 9 there was a sold out crowd at the Boerne Performing Arts presentation of The 5 Browns. The piano quintet is comprised of five sibling Juilliard pianists, two brothers and three sisters.

  • Stephen Beus, a fellow Juilliard student of the Browns, sat in for Desirae, one of the sisters.

Since being dubbed the "Fab Five" by People Magazine, the group has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Today, and The Tonight Show.

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10:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Could The Path To Raising State Revenue Lead Through Golf Courses?

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In the last election cycle candidates on all sides were talking about "closing tax loopholes," but not many came forward with specific targets. Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, has discovered a tax loophole that saves golf courses around the state millions of dollars, but his efforts to close it may cost him his next round at River Oaks Country Club.
Rodney Ellis will be the first to tell you what a lovely time one can have on the links of the exclusive River Oaks Country Club in Houston.

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