Dario Acosta

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Since then, her Met appearances have included Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s haunting “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” and Rosina in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” which she reprises this season.

State of Texas

Dan Patrick has long fought to get a school choice bill passed in Texas. Now, as he takes his final stroll as Senate Education Chair, before becoming Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick is calculating the likelihood of passing such a bill in 2015.

Over the weekend a musical event with big repercussions was held with several young musicians.  You may remember Youth Orchestra’s of San Antonio—YOSA—was holding a competition.

“On Saturday afternoon we had the YOSA Concerto Competition at St. David’s Episcopal Church.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“Ten musicians from the YOSA Philharmonic played—a really great group of students.”

Judging was done by Peters and two of the San Antonio Symphony’s standouts.

A Republican state lawmaker is hoping to decriminalize Texas students’ learning experience. Rep. James White’s bill, will decriminalize truancy laws and require schools to find a way to incentivize attendance and student learning.

In 2013, school officials, nonprofits, and even the then-Chief Justice for the Texas Supreme Court, worked with state lawmakers to get a bill that banned school resource officers from issuing misdemeanor tickets to students “disrupting class,” signed into law.