Angela Barba was the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school. And when the time came for her son Robert to follow in her footsteps, she says, she found herself overwhelmed.
"I had no idea how I was going to get him into college," she says.
Angela, who had completed a two-year degree herself, says she wanted her son to be the first in the family to complete a four-year program. But she couldn't really offer any advice or guidance as to what schools to attend or how to apply for scholarships.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe."
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a new degree program aimed at making college affordable.
The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program has been in the works since it’s conception in 2011 when it was one of the needs Gov. Rick Perry expressed during his State of the State Address. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced they had finished designing that program this week.
Kansas Board of Education members look over language for a science textbook in 2007. The fight over the teaching of evolution has been particularly fierce in Texas, which because of its size influences many textbook publishers.
A group called <a href="http://studentrnd.org/">StudentRND</a> throws 24-hour code-a-thons for programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Coders show up at noon on Saturday, pitch ideas, form teams and code through the night trying to finish by noon on Sunday. Above, StudentRND participants work at a 2011 CodeDay in Seattle.
Participants collaborate on coding projects at StudentRND's CodeDay SF in January 2014.
Janice Mak's computer class of 3rd and 4th graders makes an appearance in a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5FbmsH4fw">Youtube video</a> encouraging people to participate in the <a href="http://csedweek.org/">Hour of Code</a>.
Republicans and Democrats don't see eye-to-eye on much these days, but there is one aspect of the future that they can agree on: "Becoming literate in code is as essential to being literate in language and math," says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia.
President Obama agrees: "Computers are going to be a big part of your future," he predicts.
Colonies North Elementary teacher Patti Enriquez guides her Kindergarten and 1st grade "Newcomer Class" in learning the days of the week in English. Colonies North is NISD's target school for young refugee students.
CORRECTION, 12/19/13: The stricken statement below regarding Texas's ranking among states that take in refugees is incorrect.
Texas is home to more refugees from strife-torn countries than any other state, and San Antonio takes in more than any other city in Texas. TPR's Eileen Pace examines the scope of the refugee influx to our city, and the ways San Antonio manages the new populations in our series, “The Refugee Story: Building New Lives.”
Students at Roosevelt High School, on San Antonio's northeast side, are joining a growing number students learning how to code computer programs with help from their neighbors, Rackspace. The campus and six other NEISD schools are participating in the Hour of Code.