6:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Solar Eclipse Viewing Safe Only Through Proper Lens

Partial solar eclipse seen January 04, 2011 in Rennes, western France, 2011.
Credit DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images / State Impact Texas, NPR

  A partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies of North America Oct. 23 as the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun.

Although the sun will not be completely covered by the moon, the event still promises to be a dramatic experience.

Skywatchers in San Antonio are invited to join the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers for a safe-viewing of the event.

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Alamo Colleges
1:59 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Major Woes: Students At Alamo Colleges Raise Their Voices Against Degree Changes

Some of the students from this week's protest. Many placed black tape over their mouths to symbolize the lack of student input.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Students at Palo Alto College are protesting the changes at the Alamo Colleges, which effectively removed declared majors from most degrees and transcripts. They tell Texas Public Radio they were not given the opportunity to either voice their concerns, or ample time to react

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9:09 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Legislative Committee Examines Efforts To Streamline Math And Writing Standards

A senate committee is examining the State Board of Education’s efforts to streamline math and writing standards, amid new data showing Texas students SAT scores are at an all-time low, but some lawmakers remain leery about what will be taken out and whether Texas is really doing enough to prepare students for college.

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Alamo Colleges
3:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Alamo Colleges Changing Associate Degrees To Remove Major

The Welcome Center at St. Philip's College, one of the five Alamo Colleges
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Alamo Colleges are removing major declarations from Associate of the Arts and Science degrees, and the move has some students upset. Administrators say it will make it easier for students to transfer to a four-year institution.

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Online Safety
10:33 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Middle School Students Get Online Safety Lessons From Google

Students at Vale Middle School hold up colored signs to indicate if they believe a statement on online privacy is true or false
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Internet safety has become the new "stranger danger" among middle school students. This week, Google gave a lesson to students at Vale Middle School on how to secure their information, and protect themselves from involuntarily going viral with an embarrassing images or videos. The company's Online Safety Roadshow is designed to teach kids the risks of weak passwords, giving out too much information, and sharing photos. Google spokeswoman Jamie Hill says the pre-teen and early teen years are the best ages to target students for online safety.

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9:50 am
Thu October 2, 2014

UTSA Launches Campaign To Recruit New Researchers


The University of Texas at San Antonio has added another initiative in its quest to become a Tier One Research university. With the multi-million dollar Goldstar Project, the university hopes to increase its research staff.

The project's goal is to hire 60 new research professionals over the next four years through a $40 million campaign. UTSA President Ricardo Romo says there are 1,000 facility at UTSA currently, 600 of which are researchers.

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10:18 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

South San ISD Kids Now Hooked Up With e-Readers And BiblioTech

South San ISD officials receive Nooks from Bexar County so students can download books from BiblioTech
Credit Bexar County

Many of the students in South San Antonio ISD have never had access to a Nook or a Kindle, but thanks to the Hidalgo Foundation, 200 kids at a time will be able to read their favorite books from BiblioTech.

Students in the South San School District can now reach out to BiblioTech while at school, thanks to a hefty donation of e-readers.

Officials with Bexar County’s bookless library delivered 50 of the e-readers to South San Antonio High School yesterday to be distributed among the high school and the district’s four middle schools.

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4:09 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Texas School Law Aims To Keep Students On Track

Counselor Danette Maldonado is preparing eighth graders at Burbank Middle School for high school. That involves trying to answer the question: What do they want to do when they grow up? (Laura Isensee/HPR)

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 1:39 pm

When you were 14 years old, did you know what kind of job you wanted when you entered the workforce?

That question now requires an answer from thousands of Texas eighth graders as they prepare to enter high school.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Houston Public Media’s Laura Isensee explains why.

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1:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Board Of Education Takes Up Issues With Climate Change In Social Studies Textbooks

Credit Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) / cc

A national group of science educators is pointing to what they call inaccuracies and a political bias in the way that some publishers have presented the subject of climate change in Texas’ 2015 social studies textbooks.

The Texas State Board of Education hears public comment regarding that content today.

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9:08 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

Margaret Martin (right) poses with student Jose Correa during a Harmony Project open house at the Ramon C. Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Esteban Rael Harmony Project

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 1:07 pm

I went to Los Angeles to report a story on brain science. A new study had just been released, exploring how music instruction helps kids process language. The children the researchers studied were all participants in a community music program run by the nonprofit Harmony Project.

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