Education

San Antonio Schools
9:33 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Saldana Calls On Texas Education Agency To Investigate South San ISD

Texas Education Agency

San Antonio District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña has sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency asking it to investigate the South San Independent School District in light of numerous complaints from concerned parents and citizens.

The district is already on the TEA’s radar, but Saldaña is calling for a full investigation. In a two-page letter, Saldaña cites mismanagement of federal and state money, governance concerns, and the academic performance of students as the reason for his request. Although the city has cannot govern the district, Saldaña wants the state to intervene.

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Career Training
1:25 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Palo Alto Aviation Program Bounces Back, Filling Future Need For Pilots

Instructor John Aken turned the Palo Alto aviation technology school around.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

With a possible shortage of American pilots looming, a unique South Texas program is training students from all over the state to be ready to fly.

Instructor John Aken, who occasionally flies to work in his single-prop Piper Cherokee, is a military veteran, but didn't learn how to fly until he was out of the military and his kids were grown.

Years later, in 2007, Palo Alto College hired Aken to transition the aviation technology school, based at Stinson Airfield, out. Ups and downs in the economy had brought the school's enrollment to about six.

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Public School Funding
3:42 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

School Districts And State Heading Back To Court In January Over School Finance

The "Save Texas Schools" rally at the state capitol during the 2011 legislative session.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Hundreds of school districts from across the state will head back to court on Jan. 21 to once again examine the Texas legislature’s formula for funding education. Attorneys are arguing that new money and reduced student testing did little to improve the way Texas finances the public school system.

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South San ISD
5:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

South San Board Appoints Interim Superintendent; Accuses Predecessor Of Illegal Raises

Interim Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra (right) takes his seat near the board shortly after being selected.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The South San Independent School District has chosen its fifth superintendent in six years. During the selection it was made known that the previous superintendent may have gifted raises without approval.

The South San Board selected former Houston ISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra to lead the district while a permanent replacement is selected. Mourette Hodge, the district’s recent interim superintendent, stepped down last week without giving reason after being on the job for six months.

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Hour of Code
4:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Roosevelt Students Embark on Coding Program

Roosevelt students sit in the Molly Pruitt Library taking their first hour of coding
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Students at Roosevelt High School, on San Antonio's northeast side, are joining a growing number students learning how to code computer programs with help from their neighbors, Rackspace. The campus and six other NEISD schools are participating in the Hour of Code.

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Texas Education
11:12 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Student Test Performance May Be Part Of New Texas Teacher Evaluations

Education Commissioner Michael Williams is considering student performance on standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations.
Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has been meeting one-on-one with school superintendents, hoping to design a template for teacher evaluations.

As part of an agreement Williams reached with the U.S. Department of Education in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, Williams must design a solution for how schools evaluate teachers by May 2014.

"I am talking to superintendents and I am pleased, quite frankly, for teachers to be evaluated and to some degree, student growth be a part of that evaluation," Williams said.

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Texas Public Schools
7:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Groups Demand State Agency Stop Using Stun Guns & Pepper Spray On School Kids

A group of civil rights and social justice groups are calling on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers to ban school resource officers from being allowed to use stun guns and pepper spray against students.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is one of the groups pushing to ban school police officers from using such practices, what the commission calls less-than-lethal tactics.

The plea comes after a high school student at Bastrop ISD’s Cedar Creek campus was "Tased" as he allegedly was trying to break up a fight between two other students.

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Medical Education
10:17 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Acupuncture Degree Program Coming To University Of The Incarnate Word

UIW president Dr. Lou Agnese.
UIW

 San Antonio is getting a university program for students who want to learn Eastern medicine.

The University of the Incarnate Word is partnering with the Texas Health and Science University in Austin to create a degree program for acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine that starts in spring 2014 at UIW in San Antonio.

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese said a Chinese medicine school is a natural fit for the university’s growing list of health education programs, including schools for nursing, pharmacy, optometry, and physical therapy.

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Texas Veterans
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Texas Universities & Colleges Some Of The Best For Veterans

St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
Flickr user Dee Kincke (Texas to Mexico) cc

Texas schools placed well in the first U.S. News and World "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings. San Antonio's St. Mary’s University ranked eighth in the West region.

Texas colleges and universities placed in two of the top five nationwide spots and five out of the top 15 in the West region.

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Education
11:04 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Math Requiremenets Contested At State Board Of Education Hearing

Texas Education Agency

The Texas State Board of Education is hearing final public testimony regarding how the new career-ready and college-bound pathways will look for school districts; the subject Algebra II is still the most hotly contested topic.

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