Education

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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Education
5:05 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

In Pictures: Edison Students Mobilize Emergency Response For Mass Casualty Drill

As the exercise begins, medical students rush to administer first aid to victims in the field.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Nearly 300 Edison High School students got hands-on experience with triage and search-and-rescue on Monday morning. A simulated school bus "explosion" was part of a four-hour training exercise at the Public Safety Magnet school. The students played the role of first responders.

It's a scenario that no one wants to see happen: An I.E.D. explodes on an SAISD school bus, injuring several dozen students--followed by a second blast a few minutes later.

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Education
1:54 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Political Pressure Too Much For CSCOPE, Cancels Services In Texas

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

After heated political pressure that included proposed legislation this session, the group running the online lesson provider CSCOPE has canceled their services with the state. 

According to the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, 877 Texas school districts use the online lesson plan known as CSCOPE. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said there have been problems with the content provided in the CSCOPE lesson plans since their introduction:

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San Antonio Independent School District
4:45 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Rodriguez Elementary Gets Library Makeover

Joey Palacios TPR

The Cleto Rodriguez Elementary School library is receiving a complete renovation and makeover with the addition of new books.

Volunteers were hard at work piecing together new tables and bookshelves and thanks to The Heart of America Foundation and Capital One 6,000 books are being donated.

"We’ll be painting the walls, we’ve added inspiration quotes, we’ve shelved books, we’re also providing financial literacy in all the classrooms ," Monica Shortino, a community relations manager with Capital One.

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Higher Education
9:28 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Updated: No More Bargaining For Passes To UTSA Graduation

UTSA has outgrown its Convocation Center, where graduates heretofore walked the small stage at separate commencement ceremonies for each college.

Update: (11:46 a.m.) City officials are expecting an additional 8,000 vehicles in the downtown area for the graduation ceremonies this afternoon and advise people traveling in and around downtown to plan for congestion.

The first ceremony is scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., meaning afternoon traffic congestion on area highways and streets will likely begin earlier than normal.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Local Transportation Service Wins Contract For Pre-K 4 SA

Pre-K 4 SA is expected to transport at least 50 percent of the students enrolled in the program, according to Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Pre-K 4 SA board of directors has chosen its transportation service to take students to and from the model education centers.

Four firms competed for the contract to provide transportation services for San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program.

Two of them were national companies - Durham Transportation, and First Student, Inc. One was a small, family-owned Texas company - All Aboard Transportation, based in Tom Bean. The final one hails from San Antonio - Star Shuttle.

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Education
7:22 am
Tue May 7, 2013

UTSA President Increases Top-Tier Campaign Goal

UTSA President Ricardo Romo announces an increase of the university's capital campaign
UTSA

UTSA on Monday announced it is raising the goal for the university’s capital campaign.

UTSA launched its Top-Tier Campaign a year ago with a goal of raising $120 million. To date, the campaign has provided funding for 35 new scholarships, 26 new endowed faculty positions, and nine new research centers.

The campaign hit its target last month, or in about one-third the time the school had allotted.

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San Antonio School Districts
8:56 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Updated: Workers Union Files Federal Lawsuit Against Northside ISD

Northside ISD

Update: (9:30 a.m.) Federal Judge Xavier Rodriguez, who is hearing the case, denied the Texas Workers Alliance restraining order against Northside ISD in reference to the specific incident cited.

The restraining order was seeking the restraining order to allow TWA member Alma Benavides to distribute organization materials at an employee organization day on May 6.

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