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Charter Schools
2:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Education Commissioner Set To Revoke Six Charter School Licenses

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Six open-enrollment charter schools have been notified by the state that they are about to have their license revoked. A new law passed by the legislature gives the education commissioner greater authority, including revoking a failing charter school’s state license.

This week Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams sent six open-enrollment charter schools notices of mandatory revocation. Under the new law calling for more charter schools, the commissioner was also given additional authority to revoke failing charter schools state license.

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The Source - February 11, 2014
12:24 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Source: 'Paying Till It Hurts' | SAWS Water Plan For The Future Gets Pushback

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Last year for the first time the federal government released a huge database showing something staggering: A procedure that could cost $100,000 at one hospital cost under $10,000 at another down the road. 

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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

McNay Exhibit Goes Beyond 'Electric LOVE' With Robert Indiana

The Electric LOVE, 1966/2000
Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Robert Indiana is one of America’s most successful living artists. I spoke to him recently from his island home off Maine. You probably know Indiana’s iconic Electric LOVE sculpture with the distinctive crooked "O" from the mid 1960s.

"I've done pretty well by being known for Love," reflects the artist.

But beyond the love statue there is so much more. Last week the McNay Art Museum opened Beyond Love last week at the expansive Stieren Center.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Changes At SAMA Provide Growth Opportunity For American Collection

The San Antonio Museum of Art.
Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Museum of Art recently created a new position: Curator of American art. I went to SAMA last week and spoke with William Keyse Rudolph to find out what that means for San Antonio.

"I am the Marie and Hugh Halff curator of American art, and then I also serve as the Mellon chief curator," Rudolph said.

What that means is he will curate the museum’s American Collection, and he’ll oversee the rest of SAMA’s curatorial staff. That could mean big things for the museum, specifically in the area of his specialty, American art.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:02 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Takes Comfort In Attorney General Holder's Support

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The federal government is throwing its weight behind efforts to ensure same-sex couples have equal treatment under the law. The attorney who represents two couples who are challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage in court this week said that declaration only helps their case.

Speaking at a human rights event, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder directed the Department of Justice to give same-sex couples full and equal recognition to the greatest extent under the law. 

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City Government
3:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Council Committees Weigh Privacy Issues With Police Body Cameras

Cameras are already mounted on patrol cars, but San Antonio is one of several cities currently exploring the possibility of officers wearing cameras as part of their uniform.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio City Council's Public Safety Committee had the chance Monday to hear more about the San Antonio Police Department proposal for police body cameras.

Police Chief William McManus appeared before Mayor Julián Castro and the Governance Committee in January and told them the body camera pilot program would last about nine months beginning in March. The cameras would cost $100,000 for the test period but city leaders are trying to work out a deal to loan the cameras for free.

But there are still big concerns about the technology. One of them is privacy.

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Education
2:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Davis Calls On Abbott To Settle School Finance Lawsuit

Likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis speaks in front of Austin Community College's Rio Grande Campus on the Texas school finance lawsuit.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, is calling on Attorney General Greg Abbott to come to the table and reach a settlement agreement in legal case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system.

As Travis County District Judge John Deitz weighs hundreds of pieces of evidence in the lawsuit, Davis called on Abbott, who is representing the state in the case and is Davis' likely Republican opponent in the governor's race, to make sure Texas school districts are adequately funded.

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The Source - February 10, 2014
1:55 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

The Source: Is Facial Recognition A Threat To Privacy? | Making It In San Antonio's Art World

Nametag promotional video shows functionality of app.
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Education
11:51 am
Mon February 10, 2014

School Finance Trial Wraps Up In Case Likely Headed To State Supreme Court

Flickr user SalFalko cc

Travis County District Judge John Dietz has finished hearing closing arguments in the Texas school finance lawsuit and now attorneys from both sides await a decision. Dietz is taking his time to formulate an opinion because the case will likely go to the Texas Supreme Court.

"I think the evidence was pretty compelling that restoring some of the money just didn’t fix all the problems," said Houston attorney David Thompson, who represents a large group of schools in the lawsuit.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Local Musicians Celebrate The Beatles' Influence On South Texas

Hector Saldana, The Krayolas.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The Beatles were all over television this last weekend in national TV commemorations of their US arrival. Locally, they were celebrated at the South Texas Popular Culture Center. Hundreds gathered to mark the occasion and listen to bands pay homage to the Fab Four. I went there to speak to a couple of notables involved in the effort. The music I've used in my story (hit "listen" above) was the Blue Note Ringos' version of "Strawberry Fields."

I spoke first to Express News Columnist and Krayolas front man Hector Saldaña.

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