Education

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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Higher Education/Careers
7:06 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Labor Secretary Visits Alamo Colleges Toyota Program

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (center) listens to Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie (right) as participant Sarah Escobar watches.
Joey Palacios TPR News

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.

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University of Texas
3:15 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

UT Austin President Bill Powers Resigns, Stepping Down June 2015

Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

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. 

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University of Texas
2:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

House Committee Wants UT Regents To Hold Off On Any Action Against Pres. Bill Powers

Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

This Thursday, the University of Texas Board of Regents is planning to discuss the possible resignation of UT at Austin President Bill Powers or his termination.

Powers was the focal point of embattled Regent Wallace Hall’s independent investigation over claims that Powers had been involved in admissions fixing for certain lawmaker's children.

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Education
1:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

SBOE's Thomas Ratliff Calls For State To Abandon No Child Left Behind

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.

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