Education

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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RFID Student ID Cards
5:02 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

NISD Motions To Send RFID Lawsuit To Federal Court

Northside Independent School District is requesting the RFID case involving a student’s refusal to wear a district-issued ID badge be taken to federal court.

The case was set for this morning at the Bexar County Courthouse, but now a federal judge may hear the arguments. NISD Spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said the district’s attorneys felt it was the proper avenue due to the plaintiff’s constitutional violation claims.

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RFID Student ID Cards
5:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Court Case Involving Student From Northside ISD May Allow Tracked Students To Opt-out

Students must keep ID's assigned to them visible at all times while on campus. The RFID tracking chip does not work outside of the school's boundaries.
Northside ISD

 Update (Nov. 28, 2012): Court hearing has been moved to Federal Court - date to be determined.

A dispute between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refused to wear a tracking ID could be settled in court on Wednesday.

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Around the Nation
3:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Fingerprint Scans Create Unease For Poor Parents

A pilot program in Mississippi requires low-income parents who receive subsidized child care to submit to biometric finger scans like this one, at Northtown Child Development Center in Jackson. Some parents and day care workers say the rule is unnecessary and discriminatory, but state officials say it will save money and prevent fraud.
Kathy Lohr NPR

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 5:14 pm

Some Mississippi parents are learning a new routine when they drop their kids off at day care centers that are taking part in a new pilot program aimed at combating fraud and saving the state money.

Under the program, the state scans parents' fingerprints to capture biometric information, and that information is turned into a number. Then, at a day care center, parents dropping off or picking up their kids put their fingers on a pad, and a small keyboard records the exact time a child is checked in or out.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
4:09 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

City Council Members Now Considering Pre-K 4 SA Board Members

Dist. 6 Councilman Ray Lopez has named his pick for the Pre-K 4 SA board while others mull over the decision.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

City staff members are busy putting together the program that will offer full day pre-kindergarten to thousands of four year olds next year.

The building selections are underway that will serve as the model education centers, the finances are being worked out, and perhaps the most important task is assembling the board that will oversee the program.

At Thursday’s city council meeting, Mayor Julián Castro said San Antonio is doing something it has never done before.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

First Two Model Education Centers Being Considered For Pre-K 4 SA Program

Assistant City Manager Peter Zanoni addresses the city's education committee on the first of four model education centers being identified.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

City leaders are moving quickly on the plan proposed by Mayor Julián Castro that will provide full day pre-K to thousands of the city’s four year olds.

Just one week after the election, the first two model education centers for Pre-K 4 SA have been identified for consideration.

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Education
2:05 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Firestorm Erupts Over Virginia's Education Goals

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 4:47 pm

As part of Virginia's waiver to opt out of mandates set out in the No Child Left Behind law, the state has created a controversial new set of education goals that are higher for white and Asian kids than for blacks, Latinos and students with disabilities.

Virginia Democratic state Sen. Donald McEachin first read about the state's new performance goals for schoolchildren in a newspaper editorial.

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On-the-job Training
4:59 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Seeing Opportunity In Manufacturing, Education Program Guarantees Graduates A Job

During a town hall meeting last year, the San Antonio Manufacturers Association discovered that local employers are in need of workers with technical skills.

Employers reported that more than 2,500 jobs go unfilled, so they turned to the Alamo Colleges, who are teaming up with Workforce Solutions in partnership with the San Antonio Manufacturers Association for the "Just in Time" program. Students participate in a 90-day class, with 30 days of on the job training.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
11:46 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Pre-K 4 SA Referendum Passes, But Not Without A Battle

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

Early returns had Pre-K 4 SA in a dead heat in early voting numbers, but votes supporting the measure gained ground as the election-day results were tallied.

  • The early education tax increase passed with 53 percent of the vote;  early vote totals showed votes supporting the proposition only 87 votes ahead of votes opposing.

The crowd at the Castro election headquarters was jubilant as Mayor Julián Castro said early in the evening that he believed the measure would pass, “and I think San Antonians have made the right decision tonight.”

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