Education

News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

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This weekend San Antonio votes on whether or not they should vote. 

After a multi-year plan to bring streetcar to San Antonio imploded, and a successful push by anti-streetcar advocates last year, a charter amendment was put on the ballot that--if passed--would require a vote by the people to approve any project dealing with light rail or streetcar.

How did we get here? What is the future of mass transit in San Antonio?

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Ryan E. Poppe

State education leaders and coaches have launched a pilot program to combat teen dating violence. The program is called ‘Protect Her.’

Its goal is to change the perception student athletes may have about what is appropriate dating behavior and when activities have crossed the line.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said on Friday that dating violence among teens is more common than people realized.

“What many people may not realize is about half of all reported sexual assaults are youngsters who are about 12 to 24, and about half of those are youngsters from about 12 to 17,” Williams pointed out.

Source: http://www.eastsidememorialhs.org

AUSTIN — More than a dozen students at an Austin high school have been charged with misdemeanor rioting for a brawl last month.

Cell phone videos showed no teachers or school administrators present as the students at Eastside Memorial High School were throwing punches and cafeteria chairs at each other.

School district Police Chief Eric Mendez told The Austin American-Statesman that “quite a bit of chaos” broke out April 9 in the apparent continuation of a fight after school the previous day.

He says teachers were in training sessions at the time and a security guard and school official were responding to another incident elsewhere on the campus.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Senate has voted to bar universities statewide from increasing tuition by more than 1 percent over the cost of inflation until the 2018-19 academic year.

The rule was tacked Thursday onto a larger bill requiring that colleges meet academic performance standards before being allowed to raise tuition beginning in 2018-19. And even then, those meeting necessary future benchmarks wouldn’t be allowed to increase tuition more than 3 percent above the inflation rate.

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AUSTIN — The Legislature has approved a proposal allowing thousands of Texas high school seniors to potentially graduate this year despite failing standardized tests needed to earn a diploma.

Amarillo Republican Sen. Kel Seliger’s bill offered an alternative graduation plan to an estimated 28,000 Class of 2015 seniors who failed to pass at least one statewide exam in algebra I, biology, English I and II and U.S. history.

It established individual educational committees to determine whether a student could graduate instead based on other factors, like attendance and grades.

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