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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at UTSA Jan. 25, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

As a Latina who grew up in a housing project in New York City, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has seen a lot of firsts. She was the first in her family to go to college, and the first Hispanic named to the highest judicial bench in the country.

Thursday, she visited the University of Texas at San Antonio and answered questions from a student body that can see themselves reflected in her. Many UTSA students are also the first in their family to go to college, and many students are also Hispanic.

Joey Palacios / Texas

The University of Texas at San Antonio is providing a new office for undocumented students to learn what academic resources are available to them as they attend the school. It’s the first of its kind in Texas.

KIPP college counselor Peter Vandermeer helps high school senior Jozelle Mares fill out college applications online during class Nov. 30, 2017.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Updated 1/26

At KIPP’s high school in downtown San Antonio late last semester, soft music played as Peter Vandermeer’s class of seniors filled out college applications online.

Six miles north, students at San Antonio Independent School District’s Jefferson High School were getting help from their own college advisors trained in the same techniques.

Stewart parent Maria Navarro, right, waits to speak about Democracy Prep's application to run her son's school with a group of teachers and union representatives Jan. 22, 2018.
File Photo |Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Independent School District is contracting with a New York-based charter school organization to run one of its elementary schools next school year.

File Photo | Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Updated 4:25 p.m. with comment from Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra.

Under the watchful eye of a state-appointed conservator for the past two years, South San Antonio Independent School District has returned to complete local control.