Education

News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Students in the Edgewood Independent School District on the city's West Side are in a unique situation as kids head back to school this week. The district is now being managed by a state-appointed board of managers and a state-appointed superintendent. After a year of uncertainty some parents believe state intervention is exactly what was needed. Edgewood ISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez greets rain-soaked parents, staff and students at Winston Elementary School with a smile. It’s his...

Native American students make up only 1.1 percent of the nation's high school population. And in college, the number is even smaller. More than any other ethnic or racial group, they're the least likely to have access to college prep or advanced placement courses. Many get little or no college counseling at all. In 1998, College Horizons , a small nonprofit based in New Mexico, set out to change that through five-day summer workshops on admissions, financial aid and the unique challenges they...

From Texas Standard: Every year thousands of veterans benefit from the so-called post-9/11 GI bill, whichpays for tuition to helpvets affordcollege. The original GI bill was credited with lifting many families into the middle class after World War II. Texas hasa similar version of the bill,called the Hazlewood Act and the Texas Comptroller – Glenn Hegar , the man with the state's check book – says the act is too pricey. The act goes back to 1943 and Hegarsays three factors have contributed to the rise in expenses in providing this service to Texans.

AARON SCHRANK/TPR

University of Texas at San Antonio senior Andrew Willis usually has his small caliber pistol on him a few times a week. “It’s mostly just if I’m going to be in a part of town that is a little more shady,” says Willis. “It’s the same premise as, you know, wearing your seatbelt, taking vitamins or having health insurance. You’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.” Willis is a concealed handgun license holder. Until now, he couldn’t bring a handgun to campus. But the...

The school district of Freehold Borough, N.J., has a 32 percent poverty rate. It is fully surrounded by another school district, Freehold Township, which has a 5 percent poverty rate. Freehold Borough is what a new report calls an "island district" — and it's not alone. The report , from a nonprofit called EdBuild, maps 180 of these islands around the country: Districts that, by historical accident or for political reasons, lie completely inside other systems with a disparate poverty rate and...

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