Education

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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Higher Education
12:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

St. Mary's University School Of Law To Offer Full-Ride Scholarship

The courtroom at St. Mary's University.
St. Mary's University

St. Mary’s University has announced its first-ever full-ride scholarship with a stipend for students performing community service.

The St. Mary’s Presidential Scholarship is open to any law school applicant with outstanding academic achievement and a commitment of service.

University President Thomas Mengler said it’s unique to require scholarship recipients to maintain a high level of community service through all three years of law school. It’s expected to be a tough competition.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Deaf Exchange Student Inspires Sign Language Classes At Marshall HS

(Right to left) Nicole Linsangan signs with her host sister and mother, Terisha and Carol Ann Broderson, with her former teacher, Gabriella Wolfenberger.
Joey Palacios TPR News

For the past year an exchange student from the Philippines has been living in San Antonio, but what separates her from her peers is that she’s deaf. Her impact at Marshall High School has prompted the school to offer American Sign Language as a course.

18-year-old Nicole Linsangan came to the United States in August of last year with a desire to see the world.

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UIW Medical School
10:32 am
Wed June 11, 2014

UIW Seals Deal With Brooks City-Base For New Medical School

Seven buildings of the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine will be used by UIW for its medical school.
Courtesy photo

The University of the Incarnate Word and Brooks City Base have come to an agreement to build a new medical school at the site of the former Air Force installation.

After two years of searching, UIW has decided to use the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine for its new School of Osteopathic Medicine. The boards of both UIW and Brooks City Base approved a memorandum of understanding to use the 23 acre facility, which closed in 2011. 

UIW President Louis Agnese said the university had been scouting three locations.

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STEM Education
3:59 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Toyota, BiblioTech Launch Robotics Program For San Antonio Youth

Andy Chen examines the top portion of his team's robot.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital bookless library, is launching its own set of robotics teams for children and students.

Education initiatives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are exploding around the city. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas has awarded BiblioTech $15,000 to create a team robotics program called the First Lego League (FLL).

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