Education

Medical Education
3:33 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

UTHSC Medical School Named Top Three For Hispanics Studying Medicine

UT Health Science Center

The School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center has been named one of the top three best medical schools for Hispanics in the U.S.

The national ranking came from "HispanicBusiness" magazine and honors the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio for its use of progressive programs to recruit, support and mentor Hispanic medical students.

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Violence In Schools
3:41 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

15-Year-Old Canyon High School Student Dies Following Assault In Hallway

Canyon High School in New Braunfels.
Billy Hathorn via Wikipedia Commons cc

New Braunfels Police say the death of a Canyon High School student is the result of an assault, and not a fight.

Police were dispatched to the Comal ISD high school at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, Cpt. John McDonald said officers found faculty and staff tending to the victim, identified as 15-year-old Logan Davidson.

McDonald said the suspect, another 15-year-old student, waited for Davidson outside their classroom after their first class of the day.

McDonald said the suspect used his fist to punch Davidson in the head twice, which rendered him unconscious.

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Higher Education In Texas
9:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas

The Supreme Court did not make a decision on the Fisher case and urged the lower court to instead take a closer look at UT admitting policies.
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A panel of judges from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals were in Austin yesterday to hear oral arguments in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Austin-resident Abigail Fisher argued she lost her spot at UT because she’s white and took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not make a ruling and instead kicked it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court needed to take another look at UT admission policies.

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University of Texas
12:47 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing

Marsha Miller University of Texas

A Texas House committee has subpoenaed University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall to speak during his legislative impeachment hearing.

Hall is accused of overstepping his authority by requesting thousands of open-records requests and violating students' privacy by distributing records with student information.

Hall's impeachment hearing before the Texas House Committee on Transparency of Governmental Agencies is a historic event as the state has never attempted to remove an appointed state official. 

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Education
9:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Houston Program Connects Low-Income Students With Top Colleges

A whiteboard detailing college admission strategy at Emerge, a program in Houston, Tex., that encourages low-income, high-achieving students to apply to elite colleges. (Laura Isensee/KUHF)

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:08 pm

Recent research shows that as many as 35,000 high-achieving, low-income students don’t apply to top colleges even though they have the grades to get in.

With high tuition costs at these elite schools, many students and their families shy away from applying — even though financial aid options can drastically reduce the costs, or even let students attend for free.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laura Isensee of KUHF reports on a program in Houston that’s trying to change that.

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Literacy
4:07 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA, Area Students Receive 10,000 Books From Local McDonald's Owners

Mayor Julián Castro reads to children at the Northside model education center of Pre-K 4 SA following the announcement that McDonald's is donating 3,000 books to children in the program, and 7,000 overall to students in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Happy Meals at McDonald's this month will feature books instead of toys and to kick off a month of literacy, local owners and operators of the fast-food chain donated thousands of books to San Antonio's new Pre-K 4 SA program.

Local McDonald's owners and operators like Ned and Fabiola Stagg are giving 3,000 books to the program's children, and 7,000 to kids at schools throughout the city.

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Education For Immigrants
10:49 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Congressman Castro Asks Abbott To Explain His Position On Texas DREAM Act

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, is putting pressure on Greg Abbott to explain his stance on the state's DREAM Act, a hot topic among conservatives in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro, along with a handful of state lawmakers, are pressing Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on his plans for the Texas DREAM Act.

DREAM stands for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The Texas DREAM Act would allow students without documentation to pay in-state tuition.  

At the start of Abbott's campaign for governor, he was asked if he supported the Texas DREAM Act.  Abbott dodged the question at the time but later released a statement saying that he felt the law was structurally flawed and needed to be reformed.

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Education
11:42 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Fast-Growing Northside School District Looks Ahead To 2014 Bond

McAndrew Elementary is the first NISD school to carry a Boerne address.
NISD

Northside Independent School District’s community bond meetings began Thursday in an effort to define the most critical needs for the largest school district in Bexar County. Their next bond issue is planned for 2014.

The city of San Antonio’s population growth is reflected in its most popular school districts, and NISD is no exception. NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzales says the district’s population of over 100,000 is growing by about 2,500 students a year.

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Texas Education
3:09 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

How Curriculum Standards Will Work Under New Education Law

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has posted a draft of a how the curriculum standards will work with a new law creating multiple educational pathways for Texas students.

The new curriculum standards were created by House Bill 5 that passed during the 2013 regular session, it creates career-technical and college-ready pathways for students.  

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Texas Education
10:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Texas Textbook Battle Over Evolution Likely To Continue Until The Final Day

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The battle over how evolution will be presented for all public school students in Texas led to rallies and heated testimony during a State Board of Education meeting.

Much of the controversy has to do with a group of people who are proponents of "creationism" that are trying to alter the way evolution is presented in next year’s biology textbook, questioning the soundness of the theory.

Dan Quinn is with the Texas Freedom Network, the group that rallied against the alteration of the materials.

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