Education

NISD Student Locator Project
9:05 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Depending On Decision, RFID Case Could Reach Supreme Court

John Jay Sophomore Andrea Hernandez is suing Northside ISD to allow her to remain at the Jay science and engineering magnet without having to wear a mandated ID with an RFID chip.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The federal hearing concluded without a final decision in the case between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refuses to wear a radio frequency identification card.

In the meantime, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the sophomore refusing the ID card, will be allowed to stay at John Jay until the end of the semester. Northside Superintendent Brian Woods said that decision was made by the district.

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Texas School Safety
3:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Texas School Districts Failing To Comply With Required Safety Audits

Texas School Safety Center

[Update: Thursday, Dec. 20] The Texas School Safety Center, located at Texas State University in San Marcos, now says there are only 29 schools not in compliance with the safety audits.

This is down from the 78 total districts who did not meet the Texas Education Code safety requirement -- 38 that did not report, and 40 that were not fully compliant. The center said that slow paperwork is to blame for those schools that are now cleared.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
5:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors Appointed, Sales Tax Ordinance Finalized

Mayor Castro celebrates the passing of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative on election night with his family.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The first steps are in motion that will take Mayor Julián Castro’s early education initiative from the ballot box to the classroom.

On Thursday city council officially appointed the new Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors. They also voted to hire a recruiting firm to look for the top positions within the initiative, and they adopted the ordinance to implement the sales tax increase.

Appointees to the board include:

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Stadium Renovations
12:04 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

SAISD's Alamo Stadium Getting Facelift

Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools break-through the banner at the start of the ceremony.
San Antonio Independent School District

Two years after SAISD voters approved a $500,000 bond package, renovations on the districts historic Alamo Stadium have finally broken ground.

Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools ceremoniously broke through a banner in pep rally fashion as the keys to Alamo Stadium were handed off to contractors to begin the 18-month reconstruction. Alamo Stadium is a piece of history for the entire city.

The $35 million in renovations is the largest since the stadium was built in 1939 using rocks from the quarry that is now the zoo.

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Higher Education
9:26 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Northwest Vista College Earns Presidential recognition

Northwest Vista outdoor classroom.
Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College received the coveted recognition from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program for outstanding performance in the areas of leadership and customer focus.

Northwest Vista College was the only educational institution in the country that received a site visit to be considered for the Baldrige Award this year.

Dr. Jackie Claunch, Northwest Vista president, said their customer focus is all about the students, and it starts with the people they hire.

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Education Achievement
2:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Local School Districts Vs. The World

Screen shot of the interactive graphic. Once you get to the report card page click on the "Begin your search" button in the upper left to start.
George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The Global Report Card compares school district performance in the United States to international students from other developed countries around the world. The tool also allows you to see demographic information that helps tell a more complete story of each district.

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Business Training
12:11 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Unique Program Helps Students With Neurological Differences

Jewelry for sale at the Monarch School's annual holiday sale.
Gail Delaughter KUHF News Houston

A group of students dealing with autism, learning disabilities, brain injuries, and other challenges are learning how to make their way in the business world.

Seventeen-year-old Kylie likes to make and sell jewelry. She's one of the students helping with the Monarch School's annual holiday sale.

The room is filled with color. There are beaded earrings and bracelets, big pots of poinsettias, along with carefully-wrapped gift baskets filled with treats. 

"You can have all kinds of themes. You have bath and body; you can have Christmas themes."

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:29 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

City Council To Vote On Pre-K 4 SA Board Nominees Next Week

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President Richard Perez is one of those nominated to sit on the Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors.
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

As the buildings are beginning to be identified for the Pre-K 4 SA initiative approved by San Antonio voters in November, city council is busy making their selections for the 11-member board of directors.

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Latinos and Education
6:33 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Projet MALES Aims To Get More Latino Men To Higher Education

Project MALES
University of Texas

To get more men into the college classroom, Palo Alto and San Antonio College - along with 8 other Texas schools - have received a portion of a $300,000 grant for a program called Project MALES.

Headed by the University of Texas, its goal is to get more Latino men to attend college. Palo Alto and San Antonio College are the only two San Antonio schools to get a portion of the funds.

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Technical Education
7:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Workforce Center Of Excellence Taking Modern Approach To Technical Training

Steve Hoenes from Lincoln Electric supervises a student welding on the company's virtual welding machine
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a classroom inside the new Workforce Center of Excellence on the city's Southwest Side the students are using virtual techniques to learn more efficiently.

Lincoln Electric’s Steve Hoenes guides the students through prompts on the screen and makes sure the helmet is fitted correctly. Before long, they are welding virtually and a score is produced seconds after a student finishes.

"The difference with the virtual system is we can do 20 to 30 samples in an hour or two hour period, where in a real-life environment they're lucky to do four or five a day," said Hoenes.

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