News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

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The Conservator appointed to the South San Independent School District by the Texas Education Agency attended her first board meeting Wednesday night. The board room was packed with concerned parents and residents including Angelita Olvera who said the need to appoint Conservator Judy Castleberry is a shame on the district and board.

“It’s a shame that we have to hire a conservator, but I don’t think it’s a conservator, I think it’s a baby-sitter,” Olvera said. “And she’s going to get paid quite a bit of money to come and make sure that ya’ll behave like adults.”

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The South San Independent School District voted 4 to 3 Tuesday night to accept a conservator appointed by the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. However, the board majority has questions for TEA.

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The South San ISD Board will discuss the Texas Education Agency’s appointment of a conservator at a special board meeting on Tuesday.  At least one board member and a San Antonio city council member are happy to see the TEA step in.

The overseer appointed by the TEA will have control over much of the governing operations of the South San school board.  For board member Stacey Estrada, that’s a welcome addition. “I’m actually very excited about it. I think that this is going to be a big plus for our district,” Estrada said.

Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants states and districts to focus on streamlined, higher-quality tests in a broader effort to win back some classroom time.

And here's the kicker: The feds will actually pay for (some of) the transition.

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To bring more young men of color into the teaching workforce, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas and the City’s MLK Commission are creating two scholarships for students at Texas A&M San Antonio.  

The two scholarships are a result of the city’s commitment to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.  My Brother’s Keeper aims to connect men of color to role models and opportunities. District 2 City Councilman Alan Warrick says both scholarships will make it possible for men of color to become teachers.