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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was in San Antonio this week to see the progress of a partnership between the Alamo Colleges and Toyota Motor Manufacturing.
St. Philip’s College houses the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. Students who are accepted into the program get jobs with Toyota while in school.
19-year-old Sarah Escobar, a maintenance technician, started the AMT program in high school and already has a certificate before finishing her two year degree. She said she plans to stay with Toyota while finishing a bachelor's degree.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced that he had accepted the resignation of UT Austin President Bill Powers.
Powers has agreed to step down as president in June 2015, after the next legislative session.
Powers is a witnesses in the Legislature’s impeachment investigation of UT Board of Regent Wallace Hall, who had launched his own investigation of whether Powers had been involved with admissions fixing for certain state lawmakers.
Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff said he would like to see the state completely abandon the federal No Child Left Behind program.
Ratliff said in 2013 lawmakers reduced the number of tests for high school students but failed in their attempts to do the same for elementary and middle school students out of fear that Texas would lose its federal public education dollars. Ratliff said that money only accounts for less than 10% of the state public education budget.