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Texas A&M University is opening an engineering academy at one of the Alamo Colleges this fall, allowing San Antonio students to save money while getting a degree at one of the top engineering schools in the country.

Melissa Reyna, from left; Sylvia Garcia; Luis Silva; Priscilla Garza; Jarin Huspeth; Kimberly Moreno; Sabrina Cordova; and Andres Lopez.
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Despite a call for immediate action from at least two board members during January’s board meeting, the Texas State Board of Education stuck to its agenda and made no decisions in a yearslong push to expand access to Mexican-American studies courses in Texas high schools.

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When the application period for San Antonio’s sales-tax supported preschool program opens Thursday, the program’s director expects seats to fill quickly.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at UTSA Jan. 25, 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

As a Latina who grew up in a housing project in New York City, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has seen a lot of firsts. She was the first in her family to go to college, and the first Hispanic named to the highest judicial bench in the country.

Thursday, she visited the University of Texas at San Antonio and answered questions from a student body that can see themselves reflected in her. Many UTSA students are also the first in their family to go to college, and many students are also Hispanic.

Joey Palacios / Texas

The University of Texas at San Antonio is providing a new office for undocumented students to learn what academic resources are available to them as they attend the school. It’s the first of its kind in Texas.