Education

SAISD board  Vice President Arthur Valdez, President Patti Radle and Superintendent Pedro Martinez in January 2018.
File Photo| Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The board of trustees for the San Antonio Independent School District Monday night approved trimming teacher and administrator positions from its payroll next school year.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the district will lay off any teachers or assistant principals.

File Photo | Ryan Loyd | TPR News

A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is making it a little easier for San Antonio area residents to learn how to code.

Texas Education Board Approves Course Formerly Known As Mexican-American Studies

Apr 13, 2018
Laura Skelding

* Update, April 13: On Friday, the State Board of Education gave its final approval to development of the Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent course. 

Texas advocates for Mexican-American studies classes won a bitter victory Wednesday, gaining approval to move forward with the class they wanted but losing the course title.

School lockers in a charter school hallway in November 2017.
File Photo |Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Experts say parts of Texas’ federal school accountability plan approved by the U.S. Department of Education in March are promising, but they also have some concerns.

A teacher sits and reads with her students at Steele Montessori Academy in southeast San Antonio in March 2018.
Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Independent School District launched a bold new enrollment policy at five specialty schools this year, weighing the lottery based on income and geography to maintain a balance of working class and middle class students.

Creating socially and economically diverse schools goes against the status quo in a city as economically segregated as San Antonio. The question now is whether families will like the idea enough to return in years to come.


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