Education

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

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.
Vocational Training
9:43 am
Fri January 25, 2013

$3 Million Training Facility Boosts Vocational Education In San Antonio

The newest Cats are sophisticated GPS-equipped machines that require specialized training to operate.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Holt Cat opened the new training facility on Thursday as part of the company’s two-pronged approach to develop more skilled workers for high-tech industries.

San Antonio has a share of specialized vocational schools that feed into local industries, such as the cooperative program between the Alamo Colleges and the aerospace industry, but some say that overall, a college-oriented culture has pushed vocational training in public schools aside.

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School Security
4:24 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Video Surveillance Approved For Northside ISD Elementary Schools

Northside ISD

The Northside ISD School Board has voted to implement the last phase of a ten year project installing cameras in all of its schools. The district's elementary schools will now be placed under the monitor of digital cameras.

Northside's middle and high schools already have security cameras installed; those were approved in 2004 and 2007 through bond packages. The 2010 bond package called for $20 million to add them to elementary schools.

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Higher Education
3:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

More Students Will Get Scholarships This Fall At Alamo Colleges

San Antonio Colleges

Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union presented $150,000 to the Alamo Colleges Foundation for an endowed scholarship to be named after its former president and CEO Randy M. Smith, who now serves as an advisor to the credit union’s board.

The Alamo Colleges Foundation provides scholarships and additional funding for district programs.

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School Vouchers
10:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Sen. Patrick To Push For School Voucher System

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is pushing for a school voucher system called Taxpayer Savings Grants that would allow students to pick a private school if they are unhappy with their public school.

Now that he’s the chair of the Senate Education Committee, Patrick could use the platform to champion the program, and he has two words for a school voucher system: "Why not?"

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Northside RFID Lawsuit
2:56 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Judge Rules in Favor of Northside ISD in RFID Lawsuit

Final page of the judgment issued by Judge Orlando Garcia
Rutherford Institute

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Northside Independent School District in a landmark case regarding the radio frequency identification student locator project at two of its schools.

In a 25 page decision, Judge Orlando Garcia denied 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez’s preliminary injunction requesting she remain at John Jay High School without wearing a badge similar to the district’s RFID program.

Now Hernandez has two choices. She can wear a chip-less ID card for uniformity in the school, or she can return to Taft.

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College Registration
10:04 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Palo Alto College Adjusts Registration Hours For Busy Students

The Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center.
Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College is having a special registration event that will keep the doors open until midnight on Jan. 9; even with night classes, registration normally occurs during regular business hours.

Vice-President of Student Affairs Robert Garza said the school wants to reach more potential students who may have missed registration hours in the past. Garza said new students will especially find the process easier than they expected, but everyone is welcome.

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12:54 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Higher Education And Preserving The Class Divide

A striking look at how three girls from middle to low income families in Galveston are fighting their way toward a college education and success. “Everyone wants to think of education as an equalizer — the place where upward mobility gets started,” said Greg J. Duncan, an economist at the University of California, Irvine. “But on virtually every measure we have, the gaps between high- and low-income kids are widening. It’s very disheartening.”
"I don't want to work at Walmart" like her mother, she wrote to a school counselor. Weekends and summers were devoted to a college-readiness program, where her best friends, Melissa O'Neal and Bianca Gonzalez, shared her drive to "get off the island" - escape the prospect of dead-end lives in luckless Galveston.

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