Camille Phillips

Education Reporter

Camille Phillips covers education for Texas Public Radio.

She previously worked at St. Louis Public Radio, where she reported on the racial unrest in Ferguson, the impact of the opioid crisis and, most recently, education.

Camille was part of the news team that won a national Edward R. Murrow and a Peabody Award for One Year in Ferguson, a multi-media reporting project. She also won a regional Murrow for contributing to St. Louis Public Radio’s continuing coverage on the winter floods of 2016.

Her work has aired on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and national newscasts, as well as public radio stations in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Camille grew up in southwest Missouri and moved to New York City after college. She taught middle school Spanish in the Bronx before beginning her journalism career.

She has an undergraduate degree from Truman State University and a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Texas Public Radio is supported by contributors to the Education News Fund, including H-E-B, Art and Sandy Nicholson, The Flohr Family Foundation, Holly and Alston Beinhorn, Valero Energy Foundation, 2Tarts Bakery in New Braunfels, Andeavor, and IDEA Public Schools. Other contributors include Shari Albright, Holt Cat and Dee Howard Foundation.

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South San ISD board meeting. June 6, 2018
Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

Updated June 7 at 5:35 p.m.

South San Antonio Independent School District officials said Wednesday's trustee vote to increase the property tax rate is invalid. Trustees voted 4-2 to raise the tax rate 13 cents, but state law requires a 60 percent majority. 

Students run past CAST Tech High School, one of San Antonio ISD's new specialized schools in May 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio is joining more than 60 other cities collaborating to better prepare students for careers in science and technology.

The city has been selected to be a part of a national organization called STEM Ecosystems.

Stewart Elementary on San Antonio's east side is slated to become Democracy Prep at P.F. Stewart School in the 2018-2019 school year.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Judge Karen Pozza Monday denied a request from the San Antonio Alliance teachers union for an emergency injunction to block charter operator Democracy Prep from taking over Stewart Elementary.

The contract between the San Antonio Independent School District and Democracy Prep is slated to go into effect July 1.

Edgewood ISD parents and community members grab breakfast tacos before a town hall May 31, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

School officials at the Edgewood Independent School District said positive changes are coming to the district, including more specialized programming to attract students and improve academic outcomes.

Like many districts in Bexar County, Edgewood said it is losing students to charter schools.

Juan Tejeda, a retired professor of Mexican-American studies at Palo Alto College, speaks during a news conference about the state board changing the name of a high school version of the course May 30, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Supporters of a state-approved high school Mexican-American studies course are calling on the Texas State Board of Education to revert to the course’s commonly used name.

The board changed the course name to Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent when it approved the creation of course curriculum in April.