Education

Northside RFID Pilot
12:49 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Embattled RFID Pilot Program Discontinued At Northside ISD

This December 2012 photo shows the ID that will no longer be used at the district. Students will return to standard ID cards.
Joey Palacios TPR

After a full year of testing a radio frequency identification project at two of its campuses, the Northside Independent School District has decided to discontinue its student locator pilot at John Jay High and Anson Jones Middle Schools.

Students at Jay and Jones will no longer have to wear the RFID badges that projected their location on campus to school administrators. The $270,000 project started last fall as a way to take student attendance.

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Higher Education
5:35 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

High School Students Get A Taste Of College Life

Alecia Jarrett, Head Student Assistant at Trinity University, distributes room keys to Camp GenTX students on Monday.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Summer break is still in full swing, but for the 136 area high school students participating in Camp GenTX, their vacation still involves learning.

The students moved into the dorms at Trinity University on Monday morning, ready for a three-day college experience of eating in the dining halls, hearing lectures, and walking around on campus.

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Education
10:56 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Petroleum Industry Lends Support To Texas A&M-San Antonio

The natural gas boom in South Texas is driving demand for more STEM universitgy graduates.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The San Antonio chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is investing in the university’s science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and other programs that support the oil industry.

Although Texas A&M-San Antonio does not have a petroleum engineering major currently, the institute is supporting possibilities for the school’s future.

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Education
5:10 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

SAISD Issues District-wide Pay Raises

San Antonio Independent School District

Teachers and staff members in the San Antonio Independent School district will receive a boost in their paychecks starting next semester.

Raises do not happen every year, but the SAISD wanted to introduce a more competitive pay scale to match up with its Bexar County counterparts.

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Supreme Court
3:17 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action In Universities Back To Fifth Circuit

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Affirmative action in college admissions is heading back to a lower court after the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to issue a sweeping constitutionality decision and instead re-evaluated the fundamentals in Fisher v. University of Texas.

The case centered on Abigail Fisher, a UT hopeful who was denied admission in 2008 -- Fisher was Caucasian. She claimed that students of other race were given priority admittance.

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Higher Education
8:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

UTSA Receives Global Ranking In Top 100 Under 50

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas-San Antonio has been named as one of the top 100 universities among young universities of the world, and this is the second year in a row the school has received the honor from the Times Higher Education.

Times Higher Education is considered one of the most respected higher education ranking authorities in the world. UTSA is one of only eight universities in the U.S. to receive the ranking.

UTSA Communications Director Joe Izbrand said the coveted ranking means UTSA has reached a global reputation as a rising star  in research.

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Summer Break
5:33 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

SAISD Launches Book Mobile To Help Encourage Summer Reading

David Cortez picks a book out of one of the boxes
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Elementary students on the near Eastside are getting access to free books during summer vacation thanks to a roaming book mobile.

In the lobby of Herff Elementary -- a dual-language school -- sit 1,500 books in different boxes marked by grade level and language. Principal Tracy Smith is trying an experiment to get these books in the hands children in the neighborhood over the summer.

"This is the maiden voyage – maiden voyage of the Herff Book Mobile," Smith said.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
3:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Now That Curriculum Is Set, Pre-K 4 SA Almost Ready To Go

A Pre-K 4 SA committee and the public reviewed several curriculum providers in mid-April.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The City of San Antonio’s new Pre-K 4 SA early education measure will be extending two contracts worth $540,000 to two curriculum programs.

Texas-based Frog Street Press will serve as the main curriculum for the 700 children at the initial two model education centers when school begins in the fall, and Maryland-based Teaching Strategies will act as a supplemental program.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
5:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pre-K Board Seeking Developers For Remaining Learning Centers

Area on Lord Road where the Eastside model education center is proposed.
Google Street View

Although Pre-K 4 SA's first two model education centers aren't yet open, the board of directors is now submitting a request for proposals from developers to begin looking at two additional sites on the east and west sides of town.

The remaining education centers will fulfill the requirements of the eight-year Pre-K 4 SA program, which is expected to see 22,400 students over the initial life of the program.

This August the first two centers, one on the Northwest Side and the other on the Southeast Side, will open.

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Education
4:20 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

After Firing Search Firm, SAISD Names Interim Superintendent As Finalist

Sylvester Perez
SAISD

The San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees has voted 5-0 to name interim superintendent Sylvester Perez as the lone finalist for the full-time position.

Perez was not initially in the running for the permanent position, but eventually changed his mind. He is the former superintendent of Midland ISD and has been serving in the interim since Robert Duron left in Feb. 2012.

He said his focus will be to ensure students are at the proper reading level:

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