Education

Higher Education Destinations
10:11 am
Tue October 2, 2012

San Antonio Makes Rankings in College Destinations Index

Image by the American Institute for Economic Research.
American Institute for Economic Research

This is the first time the San Antonio metro area has made the list of 75 best places for college students, and in its debut, ranked number 15 of 227 Metro Statistical Areas studied for the index.

The College Destination Index is compiled by the American Institute for Economic Research. It is based not just on the quality of the universities, but also on quality of life factors such as cost of rent, diversity of student population, cultural and entertainment values, income per capita, and unemployment rates.

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Early Education
9:56 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Castro Continues Push for Pre-K 4 SA Measure

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro poses for a picture after receiving an appreciation gift from the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julian Castro continues his push for his Pre-K 4 SA initiative at every opportunity. Monday, he spoke to the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce about educational challenges the city faces.

He told business leaders that San Antonio is a rapidly growing city with educational challenges that will only grow more with the population increase.

Over bacon and scrambled eggs, he said Texas and San Antonio repeatedly ranks in the bottom-tier of educational achievement. "The challenge for San Antonio is that we can't abide by that anymore in the 21st Century," he said.

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Higher Education Grants
3:23 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

St. Philip’s Awarded $5 Million Grant for Historically Black Status

The Department of Education grant is part of $223 million presented to historically black colleges and universities. Grant monies are awarded based on each school’s enrollment and the 11,000 students at St. Philip’s College make it the second largest recipient.

St. Philip’s President Adena Willams Loston said the college will receive this grant for several years.

“They come to us in a five year cycle," said Williams. "We’re starting a new cycle this year from 2012 to 2017 and we do expect that our allocation in the next four years will be roughly about $5 to $6 million."

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SAISD Construction
3:08 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Bond Renovations Begin on the First of 22 SAISD Schools

SAISD Interim Superintendent Sylvester Perez speaks at Bella Cameron Elementary. The school is one of 22 to receive major upgrades and renovations to the campus.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

After spending nearly two years on planning, design and gathering community input, the money from the SAISD’s 2010 Bond is starting to dig deep.

Some of the 22 SAISD facilities receiving drastic renovations are 100 years old. SAISD Interim Superintendent Sylvester Perez said updates will allow students to have the same opportunities as other school districts.

“Not just modernizing them," said Perez, " but meeting the educational needs of the 21st century."

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Pre-K 4 SA
2:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mayor Castro Uses National T.V. Appearance to Talk Early Education

Since his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has become a national political figure. This morning, Castro was on NBC's "Today Show" talking about education.

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A&M San Antonio Expansion
2:21 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Texas A&M - San Antonio Reports Record-Breaking Growth in Student Population

The A&M San Antonio main building under construction in 2010 before opening last year.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Established in 2009 to meet the education needs of the historically underserved Southside, Texas A&M - San Antonio opened its main building last year.

One year later, enrollment is up 16.7 percent to 4,100 students, breaking the record set in 2011 and marking growth for all three years of the university’s operation.

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SAISD Encourages Fitness
1:55 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

SAISD Encouraging Physical Fitness Through Zumba in School and Community

Loukisha Lewis leads a group of 38 women in Zumba at Rogers Elementary. The group previously used Edison High School across the street but moved to Rogers for the bigger space in the gym.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Encouraging residents to become fit and healthy has been a major goal for the city, and  San Antonio Independent School District is now joining in. The district is certifying each of its P.E. teachers in Zumba to promote a healthy lifestyle for students and to offer free classes to the community.

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Pre-K 4 SA
4:24 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Rutgers Economist Says Pre-K 4 SA Investment Will Pay Off

Dr. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, says Pre-K 4 SA is a legitimate investment that will start children on the right path toward success
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has gone national with his Pre-K 4 SA initiative, proclaiming at the Democratic National Convention that it’s one way he is invested in education for the youngest of his constituents. Castro is counting on the measure to pass in the general election to give thousands of four-year-olds a quality, full-day early education.

Rutgers University’s Dr. Steven Barnett, who is the director for the National Institute for Early Education Research, thinks the program will make a difference, despite what critics say.

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Early Education
3:45 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

San Antonio Business Leaders Back Mayor Castro's Pre-K 4 SA

Ramiro Cavazos with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce speaks about the benefits of Pre-K 4 SA outside the Pearl Stables Thursday.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Business Leaders from San Antonio’s Greater Chamber, Hispanic Chamber, North Chamber and Women’s Chamber, say they are behind Mayor Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA program.

“And we’re behind it for one simple reason," said Richard Perez, "and that is that we want to be known as a city of education.”

Perez, along with Ramiro Cavazos, Larry Anthis, and Dr. Yvonne Katz, spoke of the advantages the program would have with thousands of four-year-olds in the Alamo City.

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Pre-K 4 SA
2:58 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

District Support Vital for Pre-K 4 SA Program to Work

An 8-year service model for the Pre-K 4 SA plan. Click image to see a larger version
Graphic by the City of San Antonio

According to Interim Superintendent Rey Madrigal, Harlandale ISD is growing each year despite a lack of new housing developments. He said this year enrollment increased by 217 students.

For city council members, this means neighborhoods are being revitalized with younger families, and also more children to fill pre-K classes.

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