Education

News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

From Texas Standard:

Since the 1970s, federal law has stated that all children with disabilities are entitled to a free public education appropriate to their needs. Nationwide, the percentage of kids who receive special ed services is around 13 percent.

But in Texas, that number is substantially lower. Just 8.5 percent of all public school kids in Texas are enrolled in special ed programs – the lowest percentage in the country. That number appears to be no mere accident – instead, it’s a rather specific objective.


From Texas Standard:

Along with other Texas lawmakers,  state Rep. Diego Bernal, a Democrat from San Antonio, has been getting an earful from all sides on problems with public education in Texas.

But rather than taking someone else's word for it, he did what no other lawmaker has yet to do – he visited every single school in his district, 55 in all.

 


What if there was no homework for the entire school year?

A Texas teacher wrote a letter to parents of her second grade class telling them just that.

Let's say you have invites to two parties that advertise "free drinks!"

At the first party, there's simply an open bar. At the second party, though, you have to bring in your tax return, fill out a long form, and register to receive a cocktail grant in a given amount based on your annual income.

Once those funds are drained, you can then become eligible for vouchers to pay for further beverages up to a predetermined limit.

Which party sounds like more fun? Which will be better attended? And which one is likely to be more expensive for the hosts?

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 tradition to ride a school bus on the first day of class.

 

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