Education

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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Texas Public Schools
12:38 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Updated: Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional

Educators and others rallied at the state capitol in 2011 when the Legislature cut $5.4 billion from the education budget.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Update (4:05 p.m.): In his final decision, Travis County District Judge John Dietz said that the property tax system set up to fund school districts was ineffective at distributing funding equally to campuses across the state. 

Attorney David Thompson represents the largest number of schools in the lawsuit.

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Texas Public Schools
11:41 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Senate Education Committee Grills TEA On STAAR Writing Exam Standards

Texas Senate Committee on Education discuss STAAR writing test scores.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

   

State lawmakers took issue with the Texas Education Agency’s plan to keep the standard for writing component of the Texas STAARS exam at a lower level for a third year in a row. Lawmakers voiced concerns with keeping the lower standard and changing the exam while student performance  remains flat.

The state introduced the STAAR exams in 2011 and because of failing test grades the legislature reduced the number of exams from 15 to five in 2013.  

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the STAAR exam may have run its course. 

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Higher Education/Careers
11:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

UT Health Science School Of Medicine Best For Hispanics In U.S.

A student in the GME program works with a patient at the UTHSC School of Medicine.
Credit UTHSC School of Medicine

  

The UT Health Science Center has been named by Hispanic Business magazine as the top medical school for Hispanics in the U.S.

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Education
10:36 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Pre-K 4 SA's Final Two Centers Prepare To Open

The East education center, off Eisenhauer Road, is one of two new centers opening this fall.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction workers hurried up and down the halls this week, carrying drills and popping in and out of classrooms. They are on a deadline of the year to finish up the final two Pre-K 4 SA centers in the program.

The East and West education centers are expected to welcome 350 students each this year. In all, the four education centers -- two of which opened last year on the north and south sides of town -- will greet 1,500 students.

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Alamo Stadium
4:42 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Alamo Stadium Ready To Reopen To Public, Just In Time For Football

District officials say the newly renovated Alamo Stadium is ready to host its first game.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Alamo Stadium has been under construction for over a year and a half and is ready to be revealed to the public.

From the end zones to newly added press box, Alamo Stadium has been under a near complete redesign. There are new bathrooms, locker rooms, and concession stands.

“We have leveled the football field to make it more versatile -- that is, making it more accommodating for soccer -- and of course an all-weather track as well,” SAISD superintendent Sylvester Perez said. “We’re very proud of our video scoreboard.”

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Texas Public Schools
12:36 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Decision In School Finance Trial Could Come Down This Week

During the 2011 legislative session, educators and others opposing cuts to the education budget rallied at the state capitol.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

It’s been close to six months since more than 600 school districts in Texas finished making their argument that the current school finance system is unconstitutional.

Some close to the trial, speaking on condition of anonymity, say they believe Travis County District Judge John Dietz may render a decision as soon as this week.  In January 2013, Dietz ruled that the the school finance system in Texas was unconstitutional.

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Higher Education
4:35 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Three San Antonio Universities Made Forbes List Of Top Schools In America

Forbes is out with its America's Top Colleges list featuring rankings for the top 700 universities in the country. Three San Antonio schools made the list.

San Antonio’s Trinity University, with its smaller enrollment of less than 2,500 students, was ranked 132, and St. Mary’s University was 390. UTSA just made the list at 641 nationwide.

Williams College in Massachusetts leads the Forbes 700 list, followed by Stanford University and Swarthmore College.

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Texas Public Schools
4:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations

Credit US Department of Education

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.

As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year. 

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Education
11:52 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools

Tony Diaz is a professor at Lone Star College and also an activist with the group Librotraficante. He helped lead a campaign to get the Texas Board of Education to endorse Mexican-American and other ethnic studies courses. (Laura Isensee/Houston Public Media)

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 2:20 pm

Ever since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, many educators, students and activists have pushed for more ethnic studies in public schools.

In 1968 at a San Francisco State University, students led the longest student strike in the country’s history calling for ethnic studies programs that accurately represented the student body and their needs. The student strike led to the establishment of the first school of ethnic studies in higher education.

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