Education

News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

Latinos are by far the fastest growing chunk ofthe U.S. school population. A new report by the National Council of La Raza gives a fascinating snapshot of this fast-growing population.

Here are some highlights:

Demographics

  • Over the last 15 years, Latino enrollment has significantly outpaced that of whites and African-Americans.
  • Latinos under the age of 18 now total 18.2 million, a 47 percent jump since 2000.

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

The superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District wants students to know there's financial help that will enable them to go to a four-year university.

Superintendent Pedro Martinez is urging students to fill out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA, for colleges as soon as possible.

Texas Officials Want Money to Investigate Student-Teacher Relationships

Oct 3, 2016
Bob Daemmrich

*Correction appended.

The Texas Education Agency — grappling with growing reports of improper student-teacher relationships — is asking state lawmakers for hundreds of thousands of additional dollars to help investigate them.

Jad Abumrad, host and creator of the award-winning program, Radiolab, is coming to San Antonio on Sunday, Sept. 18, for a lecture at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium, presented by the Mind Science Foundation.

The good news: There's an uptick in the hiring of new teachers since the pink-slip frenzy in the wake of the Great Recession.

The bad news: The new hiring hasn't made up for the teacher shortfall. Attrition is high, and enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen some 35 percent over the past five years — a decrease of nearly 240,000 teachers in all.

Parts of most every state in America face troubling teacher shortages: the most frequent shortage areas are math, science, bilingual education and special education.

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