News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

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AUSTIN — A Texas Senate education panel is considering a sweeping but divisive voucher plan that would let families get state funding to send their children to private and religious schools.

The proposal championed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor promotes what they call “school choice” by letting parents remove students from struggling public schools.

The plan will be heard Thursday in Taylor’s committee, which is likely to eventually approve it to the full Senate.

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The monthly Board of Trustees meeting for the Alamo Colleges on Tuesday was a packed house that included a nearly full overflow room.

About three dozen Alamo Colleges students and instructors held a protest calling for the resignation of district Chancellor Bruce Leslie. Many held signs that said, “Cut Bruce Loose,” “Bruce Won’t Let Me Speak,” and “Remove The Chancellor.”


DALLAS  — A former University of Oklahoma student seen participating in a racist chant in a video made aboard a fraternity party bus is scheduled to speak at an event sponsored by a leading black Oklahoma state legislator.

The Dallas Morning News reports Levi Pettit, who is from the Dallas area, will make his first public remarks since controversy erupted over the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video went viral.

State Sen. Anastasia Pittman, who chairs the Oklahoma Black Caucus, is hosting his appearance Wednesday afternoon at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.


HARRISBURG, Pa. — A police investigation of a secret Facebook page with photos of nude and semi-nude women, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, has prompted a wide review of the role fraternities and sororities play at Penn State, the university’s president announced this week.

Penn State president Eric Barron released a statement that said he was setting up a task force to define the purposes of fraternities and sororities, look into their racial and ethnic diversity, assess sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse and determine whether there is proper accountability for misbehavior.

DALLAS — A Dallas foundation is giving Southern Methodist University a $45 million grant for the school’s museum and arts school. The gift from the Meadows Foundation is the largest single donation in SMU’s 100-year history.