Education

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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South San ISD
5:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

South San Board Appoints Interim Superintendent; Accuses Predecessor Of Illegal Raises

Interim Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra (right) takes his seat near the board shortly after being selected.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The South San Independent School District has chosen its fifth superintendent in six years. During the selection it was made known that the previous superintendent may have gifted raises without approval.

The South San Board selected former Houston ISD Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra to lead the district while a permanent replacement is selected. Mourette Hodge, the district’s recent interim superintendent, stepped down last week without giving reason after being on the job for six months.

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Hour of Code
4:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Roosevelt Students Embark on Coding Program

Roosevelt students sit in the Molly Pruitt Library taking their first hour of coding
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Students at Roosevelt High School, on San Antonio's northeast side, are joining a growing number students learning how to code computer programs with help from their neighbors, Rackspace. The campus and six other NEISD schools are participating in the Hour of Code.

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Texas Education
11:12 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Student Test Performance May Be Part Of New Texas Teacher Evaluations

Education Commissioner Michael Williams is considering student performance on standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations.
Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has been meeting one-on-one with school superintendents, hoping to design a template for teacher evaluations.

As part of an agreement Williams reached with the U.S. Department of Education in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, Williams must design a solution for how schools evaluate teachers by May 2014.

"I am talking to superintendents and I am pleased, quite frankly, for teachers to be evaluated and to some degree, student growth be a part of that evaluation," Williams said.

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Texas Public Schools
7:57 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Groups Demand State Agency Stop Using Stun Guns & Pepper Spray On School Kids

A group of civil rights and social justice groups are calling on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers to ban school resource officers from being allowed to use stun guns and pepper spray against students.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is one of the groups pushing to ban school police officers from using such practices, what the commission calls less-than-lethal tactics.

The plea comes after a high school student at Bastrop ISD’s Cedar Creek campus was "Tased" as he allegedly was trying to break up a fight between two other students.

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