2:40 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

HBO Latino Featuring Rosie Castro, The Woman Behind Julian & Joaquin

Then-Mayor Julián (right) and newly elected Congressman Joaquín Castro appeared on the Charlie Rose Show in December 2012 as they were both primed for national attention as Latino leaders of the future.
Charlie Rose Show

Fronteras: San Antonio is trying to figure how to regulate ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. This week, we look at how Uber is faring in San Diego. Rosie Castro was a trailblazer for Latino politicians, which includes her twin sons, Julián and Joaquín. Rosie will be featured on HBO Latino this fall. She joins us on Fronteras to talk about her early activism days, her sons’ political careers and more.

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Texas Matters
2:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Remembering Ranchera Great 'La Perla Tapatia'

I would like to celebrate the life of Janet Cortez, a ranchera singer whose stage name was La Perla Tapatia. Cortez was member of beloved singing group Las Tesoros de San Antonio. She died Sunday at 83.

I was fortunate enough to see her perform several times in her trademark bolero hat and black and white cape, but what amazed me was her determination to perform despite a life time of health issues -- including throat cancer.

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Texas Matters
2:20 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Naomi Shihab Nye Reflects On Ferguson And Gaza

Two major stories have dominated the news this summer: the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the clash between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza.

While both stories have settled into an uneasy peace, San Antonio-based poet Naomi Shihab Nye has a unique perspective having grown up in both places. She offers this commentary.

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Texas Matters
2:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Continuing Reaction To The Texas School Finance Ruling

If the Texas Supreme Court upholds the ruling, it will be up to the Legislature to pass school finance reform.
Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Texas Matters: Groups and politicians from across the state are all having their say in yesterday's ruling in the Texas school finance case. We hear from a MALDEF attorney, a conservative policy analyst and two legislators on the Senate Committee on Education.

Big issue, big decision

School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.

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2015 Legislative Session
12:58 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Teachers, Business Groups Want Different Action Following School Finance Decision

Credit Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) / cc

Texas teacher trade associations are calling on state lawmakers to begin drafting a budget that addresses yesterday's decision in the school finance trial. But one state business group has a different stance.

Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled the school finance system was unconstitutional, saying it leaves schools in lower income areas at a disadvantage and "cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas schoolchildren."

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11:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Ballet San Antonio's "Black Swan" Talks Opening Night At Tobin Center

Sarah Pautz
Credit Alexander Devora

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in grand style next Thursday but this Thursday I spoke to to Sarah Pautz, principle dancer for Ballet San Antonio, who has a lot on the line that night.

As you’d expect, she’s a slight, delicate-looking person. But that look is deceptive. She’s muscular, determined and focused. The opening program on Thursday is a series of excerpts from popular productions, such as "Swan Lake."

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International Trade
10:08 am
Fri August 29, 2014

International Partners Discuss Trusted Trader Programs At Customs Conference

Truckers like this one at Port San Antonio as well as other shipping industry partners and that make goods for export can learn safer transportation practices through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Trade Partner agreements
Credit Eileen Pace

  More than 1,000 individuals representing companies and organizations that ship materials across borders are in San Antonio this week for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Conference. They came to network with their international partners and to learn more about special government programs that streamline processing and offer additional security when they send goods to other countries.

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freddie Steady Five Shaking It Up At Fredericksburg Roots Music Series

Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series is coming to a close, but not before one more night of music. I spoke to Freddie Steady Krc. That isn't a misspelling.

“It (his last name) is a Czech name and I’ve been over to the Czech Republic to record a record back in the 1990s," Krc said. "And it’s an unusual name there as well.”

I noted that he just had a shortage of vowels.

“I know!” he laughed.

Krc is playing Saturday night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. I asked him to tell me what people could expect.

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Higher Education/Careers
2:22 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

St. Philip's Early College High School Part Of Growing Trend

The Bowden Building at St. Philip's College was the first on campus.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The early college high school movement is growing exponentially in Texas. There are more than 60 in the state and five are opening this fall in San Antonio alone. One of them is the St. Philip’s early college high school with SAISD.

Outside the Bowden Building in the middle of the St. Philips campus, teachers dressed in bright-orange t-shirts greet the incoming freshmen, who are wearing either white or blue. It’s the first day of class for the new school and the students are being welcomed by SAISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez.

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The Source - August 28, 2014
1:49 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Source: Standardized Testing In Texas

As Texas students head back to school they are also heading back for another year of high-stakes standardized testing.

The number of required tests are being rolled back, but the school year is still driven by the tests.

And many have reached the conclusion that the testing system is broken.

Once again the Texas Education Agency has declined to raise the standards for the tests, and that's being seen as an admission of failure for the whole testing scheme.

What do you want to see happen with standardized testing?


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