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Education
5:04 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

South San ISD Chooses Interim Superintendent

Mourette Hodge
Courtesy photo South San ISD

The South San Antonio Independent School District has a new superintendent after an on-going saga of rotating leadership.

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The Source - July 15, 2013
12:24 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The Source: Filibuster! | Implementing Texas Education Reform

Screen shot from "Mr. Smith goes to Washington."

Segment 1:

When we think about the filibuster we think about Jimmy Stewart collapsing on the floor of the Senate in the movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," or Rand Paul and his drone filibuster, and now maybe you think of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster at the end of June.  

For the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, the party that controls that chamber in Congress, they think of a headache.  

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Texas Legislature
11:17 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Fight Not Over For Bill To Reduce High-Stakes Testing

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A statewide pro-business group based in Austin is urging Gov. Rick Perry to veto House Bill 5, a bill that changes the state’s testing structure for public schools.

Bill Hammond, the executive director for the Texas Business Association, said the House bill that reduces the number of high-stakes exams for school kids will provide the Texas workforce with a poor product.

"60 or 70 percent of the jobs that are being created today require some post-secondary education of some sort, perhaps even a certificate from a community college or an associate’s degree," Hammond said.

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Special Session
10:11 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Uresti Pushes Gov. Perry To Sign Ban On Sugary Drinks At Schools

Sen. Carlos Uresti at the capitol in March 2013.
carlosuresti.com

A lawmaker from the San Antonio area is pushing the Gov. Rick Perry to sign into a law a bill that prohibits public schools from selling sugary drinks.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, said he fought to get his own version of the bill approved for the past two sessions, hoping that a ban on sugary drinks at the state’s elementary and middle schools will help the Hispanic population turn the corner in the fight against obesity and diabetes.

What did pass was a companion bill, House Bill 217, which excluded high schools from the ban.

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Texas Education
3:49 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Dallas School Board Member Takes Vote, Ends Commencement Speech

DISD

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 3:06 pm

Dallas School Board member Mike Morath was scheduled to give this year’s graduation speech to Woodrow Wilson seniors. But he offered something a little different.

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SA2020
3:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Progress And Setback In First SA2020 Report Card

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro signs his name on the "education" board to show his commitment for that area included in SA2020's larger plan.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The first report card for San Antonio's goal-setting and transformation program, known as SA2020, has been released and city leaders will be pleased that many areas are making progress, but there is still work to be done.

The report ranked progress on each line item with one of five marks:

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Texas Legislature
10:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

In Legislative Homestretch, Transportation & Education Funding Still Uncertain

Eileen Pace TPR

Tensions between the House and Senate over education funding have hit an all-time high this session, and that along with an added provision related to fees charged to overweight 18 wheelers worries Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, because of the transportation dollars tied to those same spending bills.

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The Source - May 21, 2013
10:46 am
Tue May 21, 2013

The Source: San Antonio Schools & The EN Three-Part Series On Military Sexual Trauma

The three-part series about sexual assault in the military is taking a serious look at how the military has failed to properly handle cases.

In the first segment:

An annual report from Children At Risk, a Houston-based nonprofit and advocacy group, focused on public schools in Texas and found that while other major cities were seeing improvements in a variety of metrics, several of San Antonio's school districts were not measuring up.

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Education
1:54 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Political Pressure Too Much For CSCOPE, Cancels Services In Texas

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

After heated political pressure that included proposed legislation this session, the group running the online lesson provider CSCOPE has canceled their services with the state. 

According to the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, 877 Texas school districts use the online lesson plan known as CSCOPE. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said there have been problems with the content provided in the CSCOPE lesson plans since their introduction:

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Higher Education
9:28 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Updated: No More Bargaining For Passes To UTSA Graduation

UTSA has outgrown its Convocation Center, where graduates heretofore walked the small stage at separate commencement ceremonies for each college.

Update: (11:46 a.m.) City officials are expecting an additional 8,000 vehicles in the downtown area for the graduation ceremonies this afternoon and advise people traveling in and around downtown to plan for congestion.

The first ceremony is scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., meaning afternoon traffic congestion on area highways and streets will likely begin earlier than normal.

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