Education

Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Update: Board Putting Pieces In Place In Time For May Enrollment

Mayor Castro and former San Antonio mayors joined to support the Pre-K 4 SA initiative ahead of the November election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Pre-K 4 SA board members are regularly seen gathering together around City Hall to work out hiring procedures, student enrollment and how the education centers will be managed.

On Tuesday the board voted to keep the language in its job description for the professional development director as "preferred" master’s degree. Board member Bob Bevard suggested the word "preferred" diminishes the applicant pool.

Chair Elaine Mendoza said the board can assess what kind of candidates apply before deciding to amend the description to "required."

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Education Laws
9:31 am
Tue March 12, 2013

How Teachers Can Fail Chemistry But Still Teach It In Schools

State Rep. Mike Villarreal tutors a second grader at Herff Elementary School as part of his volunteer efforts through SA2020
Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio Representative Mike Villarreal has filed a bill to bring transparency to licensing procedures for school teachers.

Right now teachers take a composite exam with several different parts – including all the core subjects – but as long as their overall score is passing, the teachers don’t have to pass all of those subjects to be certified to teach them.

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School Improvements
5:10 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Bernal Proposes Easier Method To Approve Money For School Safety Projects

Dist. 1 Councilman Diego Bernal wants an easier method to approve safety improvements around city schools.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

School safety may be at the heart of nearly every project District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal advocates, but he said the rules for how the city spends money delay improvement projects.

Now he’s on a mission to change that.

"We can all agree that pedestrian safety around schools is a priority. No one's going to argue with that," he said.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:05 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Board Adjusts Job Descriptions For Key Positions

Children from the George Gervin Academy hold signs in support of Pre-K 4 SA during a pre-voting press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR

As a subcommittee of the Pre-K 4 SA board prepares to receive recommendations from city staffers on how kids will enroll for the program, the board has been busy adjusting the job descriptions of some key positions.

Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said the board wanted to include as many qualified candidates as possible, without ruling anyone out because they didn’t have the right credentials.

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Bexar County Education
4:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Bill Seeks To Study District Consolidation In Bexar County

This map generated by NEISD shows the boundries of the different school distrcits that fall into Bexar County.
NEISD

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio wants the 17 public school districts in Bexar County like Northside, Northeast, SAISD, and Edgewood re-evaluated to see if consolidation would help make the adminstrative side more efficient.

"I’m not an expert in this field, but I would imagine that there are some inefficiencies when you have 17 different police departments, 17 cafeteria departments, 17 different IT departments, 17 sets of superintendents and executives," Gutierrez said.

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Back In School
2:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Pilot SAISD Robot Program Allows Chronically Ill Student To Attend Class

Miranda plays a guessing game with her classmates. She asks questions to receive hints on what animal or insect is infront of her.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

8-year-old Miranda Garcia is playing a guessing game with her classmates. She’s a normal 3rd grader, except that when schools in session, she’s at home due to a chronic illness.

Like most kids with her kind of condition, she can’t attend school, and has a teacher visit several times a week, but the robot allows her to view into the classroom, see the teacher and interact with her class.

Her classmates see her through a video screen in the vertical robot on wheels and Garcia controls the robot from laptop at home using the Wi-Fi in the school to connect to the device.

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Higher Education
5:15 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

UTSA Fund Raiser Brings Together Professionals For 'Great Conversation'

University of Texas at San Antonio

On Tuesday night the UTSA Great Conversation fund raiser raised over $160,000 for scholarships, research and other learning opportunities.

Held at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the event organized students and invitees in tables geared at addressing a variety of topics.

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NISD Student Locator Project
10:24 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Northside ISD Testing RFID Locators On School Buses

The inside of the RFID chip of John Jay sophomore Andrea Hernandez, who refused to wear the ID and brought suit against the district.
Joey Palacios TPR

Northside Independent School District has begun testing its radio frequency identification project on its buses. While the district has previously stressed that students are only tracked on the two campuses in the RFID pilot, the bus readers are not actively collecting data.

Out of its 850 buses, five special education buses in NISD now have the RFID readers installed. According to the district, that is to test functionality.

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Higher Education
9:15 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Alamo Colleges Showing High School Students Path To High-Paying Careers

Burbank High School Students aboard the Alamo Colleges' Mobile Go trailer.

The Alamo Colleges is taking its "Mobile Go" RV across City Council District 5 this week with a message of secondary education to high school seniors. The tour is aimed at getting students signed up for college before they walk the stage.  

Representatives from the Alamo Colleges told students they have good jobs waiting for them as soon as they complete programs such as the aircraft certification or an Associates Degree in other aviation fields.

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Education
1:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Save Texas Schools Rally In Austin Saturday

A Save Texas Schools Rally, March 12, 2011
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

On Saturday, thousands of Texas school teachers and supporters of public education are expected to gather at the steps of the Capitol in Austin, and busloads of supporters are coming from San Antonio. The rally is called Save Texas Schools, and the goal is to convince the legislature and Governor Rick Perry to put back the billions of dollars that were cut from the public schools.

San Antonio State Representative Mike Villarreal is one of the rally’s organizers and speakers.

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