News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

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San Antonio’s Pre-K 4 SA has been held up as a model for the kind of prekindergarten education that gives children a solid, academic start.  The program is funded through a citywide sales tax and its finishing its third year. Is the program living up to its promise?

  At the Pre-K 4 SA Eastside Education Center  4-year olds are welcoming  a group of visitors with a song.  The kids getting their first taste of school in a program operated by the city and paid for with a 1/8 cent sales tax.

The school ’s director Janice Hammonds, leads the tour.

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Three members of the Edgewood Independent School District board resigned Friday with some of them saying they feared for their safety. 

The Texas Education Agency began investigating Edgewood ISD in January following complaints that the school board is dysfunctional.

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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.