Education

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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Teaching the Importance of Voting
3:27 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Mock Election Helps Fenwick Elementary Students See Value In Voting

A student casts a ballot in a mock election held for Fenwick Elementary's 400 children from pre-K to fifth grade.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Inside the Fenwick Elementary School cafeteria, elections officials set up a table with ballots ready to hand out to the youngest of the nation’s patriots, student voters. Here the elementary children cast their ballots in a mock election, while in the nearby gym, adults are doing the real thing.

"I firmly believe that we have fought to have the right to vote and to choose our representatives,” said Dr. Tambrey Ozuna, who is the principal at Fenwick. “And I want my students to take that message with them when they get older. I want them to have that instilled in them."

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
4:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Mayor Castro Finalizing the 'Leg Work' on Eve of Election Day

Mayor Julian Castro and Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldana begin run at Lions Field Park to City Hall in honor of Pre-K 4 SA measure
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña are going the distance for a program they say is going to change the educational trajectory of the city.

Starting from Lions Field Park on Broadway, children from the George Gervin Academy helped the two start the run, where 5,700 of their steps represent the number of San Antonio’s four year olds that are not currently served by a quality, full-day pre-kindergarten program.

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Inner-City Schools
12:29 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Fox Tech High School Recognized with National Blue Ribbon Award for Improvement

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal reads a proclamation to Fox Tech High School students for their Blue Ribbon award achievement
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of Fox Tech High School students and teachers filled the streets of downtown San Antonio on their way to City Hall, but they were not protesting, they were celebrating. 

"We've been a most improved school because they've seen upward trends in all of our data," said Fox Tech principal Dawn Parker.

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