Education

Texas Matters
12:02 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Texas Matters: The Story Of Education Funding Turns Another Page

The nine justices of the Texas Supreme Court in January 2013, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, who is from San Antonio, is seated in the middle.
State of Texas

Texas education funding is ruled unconstitutional, and Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the case to the Texas Supreme Court. There are opposing views in the legislature on whether to immediately act to address the issue, or wait until the court forces it. Gov. Perry is causing a stir with his radio ads in California that try to lure companies to the Lone Star State, and one columnist from San Francisco says this is generating some interesting conversation.

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SAISD Tutoring
12:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Five Tutoring Companies Being Investigated For Fraud, Possibly More

San Antonio Independent School District

San Antonio Independent School District is investigating at least five tutoring services that may have committed fraud. The companies are accused of requesting money for providing services to SAISD students that may not have been tutored.

The five companies have received about $240,000 from SAISD, some of which may have been requested fraudulently.

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Texas School Safety
9:11 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Creating Marshals to Watch Over Schools

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:22 am

Story as heard on KUT 90.5

Texas lawmakers have rallied around the idea of making elementary schools safer. There have been calls to allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to bring guns onto public school campuses. Or for teachers to get concealed carry licenses.

The latest idea comes from a bill filed by State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas). He wanted to know what schools and professional school security organizations wanted.

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TEA Performance Ratings
12:33 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Schools Saved Thanks To TEA Decision To Suspend Academic Ratings

Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency has suspended issuing ratings for school districts this year as students get used to the new state exam. Three schools and one school district, who would have had their public school status revoked, have been given what amounts to a stay of execution because of the suspension.

The schools in question are:

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Education Funding
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Van de Putte Says Lawmakers Must Act Now To Fix School Funding

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, shown here at the announcement for her human trafficking legislation, is urging lawmakers to not wait to fix education funding
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said the recent court ruling declaring Texas school funding unconstitutional is a good indication that lawmakers should take action to fix the problem.  

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Northside Student Growth
6:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

New High School Likely In Next NISD Bond

Northside ISD

Northside Independent School District could see a bond election next year as district officials push off the need for one in 2013. Northside has seen about 3,000 additional students to the district ever year and the student population is now close to 100,000 students and 110 schools.

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Texas Education
5:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Judge Finds Texas School Funding System Unconstitutional

Sara Robberson Special to KERA

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 11:27 pm

District Judge John Dietz has ruled the Texas school finance system, which serves over 5 million public schoolchildren, is unconstitutional. 

“The court declares the school finance system  is not adequately funded and therefore fails to make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of the system,” Dietz said Monday, explaining one of the reasons he ruled against the state. 

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Texas Education
1:29 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Skipping Education Funding, Perry Supports More Charter Schools

Gov. Rick Perry photo from his website
rickperry.org

Governor Rick Perry addressed the State Board of Education on Friday, urging the education leaders to expand technical classes and charter schools.

During his State-of-the-State address earlier in the week, Perry trumpeted evidence of improvements in public education and did so again when speaking to the State Board of Education.

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Texas Matters
12:08 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Following State-of-the-State, What Are Gov. Perry's Next Steps?

Rick Perry gets ready to take the podium for his 2013 State-of-the-State address where he outlined his goals for the legislative session.
Texas Tribune

Texas Matters: Gov. Rick Perry uses the State-of-the-State address to propose giving tax breaks, but should the state use the extra money to restore education funding instead? A new poll shows that a majority of Texans disapprove of the job he is doing and 62 percent think he should not run for re-election. Since he is a primary torch-bearer for the conservatives in the state, what will he do next?

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Vocational Training
9:43 am
Fri January 25, 2013

$3 Million Training Facility Boosts Vocational Education In San Antonio

The newest Cats are sophisticated GPS-equipped machines that require specialized training to operate.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Holt Cat opened the new training facility on Thursday as part of the company’s two-pronged approach to develop more skilled workers for high-tech industries.

San Antonio has a share of specialized vocational schools that feed into local industries, such as the cooperative program between the Alamo Colleges and the aerospace industry, but some say that overall, a college-oriented culture has pushed vocational training in public schools aside.

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