Education

Pre-K 4 SA
1:35 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Next Step In Pre-K 4 SA, SAISD Approves Partnership

Now that the program has passed, city council and the mayor are working to have it ready for Fall enrollment.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

One of San Antonio’s largest school districts has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city on the Pre-K 4 SA program.  

The San Antonio Independent School district’s board of trustees unanimously approved the partnership with the city last night. SAISD Spokeswoman Leslie Price said the agreement will be the framework between the district, city, and Texas Education Agency:

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Early Education
11:51 am
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Echoes Castro's Education Initiative: Pre-K 4 USA

President Obama's State-of-the-Union address focused mostly on economic issues, which included a push for universal pre-K.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

While President Barack Obama did not mention San Antonio or Mayor Julián Castro by name, he did talk about early education initiatives during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

For a moment in the president's address, it seemed like one of Mayor Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA campaign rallies.

Obama: "Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.”

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SAISD Tutoring
12:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Five Tutoring Companies Being Investigated For Fraud, Possibly More

San Antonio Independent School District

San Antonio Independent School District is investigating at least five tutoring services that may have committed fraud. The companies are accused of requesting money for providing services to SAISD students that may not have been tutored.

The five companies have received about $240,000 from SAISD, some of which may have been requested fraudulently.

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TEA Performance Ratings
12:33 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Schools Saved Thanks To TEA Decision To Suspend Academic Ratings

Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency has suspended issuing ratings for school districts this year as students get used to the new state exam. Three schools and one school district, who would have had their public school status revoked, have been given what amounts to a stay of execution because of the suspension.

The schools in question are:

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Education Funding
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Van de Putte Says Lawmakers Must Act Now To Fix School Funding

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, shown here at the announcement for her human trafficking legislation, is urging lawmakers to not wait to fix education funding
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said the recent court ruling declaring Texas school funding unconstitutional is a good indication that lawmakers should take action to fix the problem.  

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Northside Student Growth
6:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

New High School Likely In Next NISD Bond

Northside ISD

Northside Independent School District could see a bond election next year as district officials push off the need for one in 2013. Northside has seen about 3,000 additional students to the district ever year and the student population is now close to 100,000 students and 110 schools.

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Texas Education
1:29 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Skipping Education Funding, Perry Supports More Charter Schools

Gov. Rick Perry photo from his website
rickperry.org

Governor Rick Perry addressed the State Board of Education on Friday, urging the education leaders to expand technical classes and charter schools.

During his State-of-the-State address earlier in the week, Perry trumpeted evidence of improvements in public education and did so again when speaking to the State Board of Education.

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Education Technology
9:36 am
Fri February 1, 2013

SAISD Testing Tablets To Increase Student Performance

Marina Garcia works on a biology lab with a classmate using a Kindle tablet
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio Independent School District is testing out technology to increase student performance.

This semester, 22 students at Fox Tech high school will do their reading, check assignments and conduct lab experiments using a Kindle tablet.

Senior Marina Garcia is one of the students taking part in the pilot program in one of the school’s advanced placement biology classes.

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Texas Education
4:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

What Parents Should Know About Education Cuts

During the last year, Children at Risk conducted a comprehensive research study to provide an objective assessment of the impact of state budget cuts on Texas’ schools and students.
Children at Risk

Lawmakers cut $5.4 billion to public education during the last legislative session, which meant districts had to act fast.

"We have looked at turning lights off, adjusting air conditioning systems, redoing transportation bus routes," said North East ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Gottardy, who said that 85 percent of his budget is education.

Gottardy didn't have to cut positions and instead reduced his staff through attrition, which still meant larger class sizes.

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7:14 am
Tue January 29, 2013

STAAR Exam Results Released Today, Reform On The Horizon

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Just as the first round of results are posted, the 83rd Texas Legislature will be considering streamlining standardized testing. Of those state legislators with bills addressing the issue is Rep. Mike Villareal, D-San Antonio, but the reform push is being supported by both sides of the isle.
Last spring, students in Houston took a brand new standardized exam, the STAAR. The state plans to release the grades for thousands of students later today. But the whole testing system could get an overhaul from the Texas Legislature this session, as Laura Isensee reports from the KUHF Education Desk.

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