Education

Education
11:51 am
Mon February 10, 2014

School Finance Trial Wraps Up In Case Likely Headed To State Supreme Court

Flickr user SalFalko

Travis County District Judge John Dietz has finished hearing closing arguments in the Texas school finance lawsuit and now attorneys from both sides await a decision. Dietz is taking his time to formulate an opinion because the case will likely go to the Texas Supreme Court.

"I think the evidence was pretty compelling that restoring some of the money just didn’t fix all the problems," said Houston attorney David Thompson, who represents a large group of schools in the lawsuit.

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Higher Education
11:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

State Launches Affordable College Degree Program For Half The Cost

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a new degree program aimed at making college affordable.

The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program has been in the works since it’s conception in 2011 when it was one of the needs Gov. Rick Perry expressed during his State of the State Address. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced they had finished designing that program this week.  

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Texas Public Schools
2:02 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

SBOE Postpones Decision On Mexican-American Studies Class

Last week the Texas State Board of Education discussed the possibility of offering a statewide Mexican-American studies class as part of the statewide curriculum, a decision the board has postponed until this spring.

Of the five million students in Texas schools, 51 percent are Hispanic, leaving some to wonder why efforts of Tejanos that have shaped history, culture and the arts are not a part of curriculum.

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Education
10:37 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution

Kansas Board of Education members look over language for a science textbook in 2007. The fight over the teaching of evolution has been particularly fierce in Texas, which because of its size influences many textbook publishers.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:01 am

The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers in determining science and history curricula.

Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.

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Early Education
1:42 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Mayor Castro Shares Lessons Learned On Pre-K 4 SA At U.S. Conference Of Mayors

Pre-K 4 SA Southside learning center.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The 82nd winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is underway in Washington, D.C. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro traveled to the gathering after being asked to speak about early childhood education and how San Antonio implemented the Pre-K 4 SA initiative.

Castro spoke during the Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon.

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Local History
3:56 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Conservation Society Seminar For Teachers Covers Local/Alamo History

Historians say people often don't understand that the Alamo was present before downtown San Antonio built up around it.
Eileen Pace

The San Antonio Conservation Society is taking reservations for its annual seminar for school teachers to earn education credits. The class is open to teachers of all subjects in Bexar County and surrounding counties.

This year’s teacher education seminar is titled History - Hijinks & Haunts: The Treasures of Alamo Plaza.

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Education Nonprofits
10:43 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cuts Force GenTX To Dissolve, But Vision Lives On For Bexar County High Schoolers

SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd poses with Mayor Julian Castro and students during a Destination College event at City Hall in April 2013.
GenTX San Antonio

With the economic recovery still in progress, agencies around the country are prioritizing where their dollars are going, and some important nonprofits are missing out on funding.

Such is the case for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which pulled about $200,000 in funding from Generation TX San Antonio, a college readiness and resource center for first generation college students.

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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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