Education

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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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
10:12 am
Fri November 2, 2012

TPR Early Voter Exit Poll Shows 64 Percent Support Pre-K 4 SA Initiative

Mayor Julian Castro, who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in September, introduced San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program to the nation during his speech
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Among the most talked about issues this election season is San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s proposed Pre-K 4 SA program. In August, City Council members voted to send the measure to an election, and although the majority of members supported the initiative, several were against.

All but District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, District 8 Councilman Reed Williams, and District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules agreed to the creation of a corporation that would oversee the tax revenues of the initiative, should voters approve it.

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School District Bond Improvements
10:28 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Southwest ISD Seeking $165 Million Bond From Voters

Southwest Independent School District

Southwest ISD graduated just under 600 students in 2010, but this year the district has grown by 600 students.

"We normally, for the first ten years, saw between 2.75 percent to about 4 percent," said SWISD Superintendent Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, but he also said enrollment has spiked over the last couple of years, increasing to six percent over time.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
12:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Opponents of Pre-K 4 SA Hitting Message Hard During Early Voting

People held signs in protest of Pre-K 4 SA outside City Hall
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Groups on both sides of the Pre-K 4 SA measure are engaging in competing messages as early voting continues, and from the steps of City Hall on Monday, the San Antonio Family Association, along with members of the Tea Party and South Texas Alliance for Progress, shouted that Mayor Julián Castro's measure just won't work.

One member likened the program to a car buyer not being able to test drive the vehicle or look under the hood before purchasing.

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Attendance
4:05 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Truant SAISD/Judson Students Have Two Weeks Before Warrants are Issued

Students in the San Antonio and Judson Independent School Districts are on notice that warrants could be issued if they have been skipping school. Parents and kids have just two weeks to clear up any truancy issues before pick-up orders are activated.

Judge Rogelio Lopez of the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace court said he sees hundreds of students from Judson and SAISD each year, and students missing school has a dramatic effect on the drop-out rate.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Current Preschoolers the Face of Pre-K 4 SA

Children hold signs for the mayor's Pre-K 4 SA measure outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center Oct. 24
Ryan Loyd TPR

Four-year-old Jaydon stood with his classmates and teachers outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center on the city’s East Side on Wednesday.

Rev. Herman Price, who is a leader with Community of Churches for Social Action, spoke about the importance of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative and said it is a moral issue.

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Online Teacher Resources
4:06 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Generation TX San Antonio Launches Teacher Resource Website

SA Ready teacher and Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist, Theresa Heim, speaking at the luncheon about developing and implementing the college-and-career readiness lessons in her classroom.
Jennifer Whitcomb Generation TX San Antonio

Together with the nation's leading expert on college and career readiness, Generation TX San Antonio and Dr. David Conley launched SA Ready, a website to offer teachers a targeted curriculum to prepare students for college.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Inspire U
10:43 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters Take Middle and High School Students to Work

Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters pose for a photo. This group from an SAISD middle school spends time with mentors on the job several times throughout the month.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas is expanding into the workplace with its Inspire U program which places ‘Littles’ with “Bigs’ on the job.

Inspire U isn’t new, but it is growing. Part of the SA2020 Initiative, the program enhances the little brother and sister experience by taking middle and high school students paring them with someone in the working world.  

President and CEO of  South Texas Big Brothers Big Sisters Denise Barkhurst said Inspire U is like 'mentoring plus.'

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