Education

News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

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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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St. Mary’s University and the Alamo Colleges’ Northeast Lakeview College are among the 13 Texas-based education establishments that have, together, been awarded almost a million dollars in grants for summer youth camps focused on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Through these 13 grants, totaling $938,104, the Texas Workforce Commission, a state agency that works separately and together with local workforce development boards to essentially help Texan employers, workers and communities progress economically, hopes to help prepare more than 1,100 14-21 year olds for high-skill, high-demand jobs.

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The San Antonio Independent School District is preparing to make an offer to one of two finalists for the job as the new superintendent.

The SAISD Board of Trustees announced at its April 13 meeting that it had narrowed the field to two candidates: Pedro Martinez, Superintendent in Residence for the Nevada Dept. of Education; and Dr. Scott Muri, Deputy Superintendent of Academics for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta.

Martinez and Muri were to come back this week, each to have a one-day series of information meetings with stakeholders. 

But Board President Ed Garza told reporters Tuesday he had received a letter from Muri  saying he had been selected as a finalist in another district and asked that his name be withdrawn from the process. The Wednesday night information meeting with Muri was canceled. 

“This was an aggressive and thorough search process that started with more than 40 possible candidates,” said Garza.

GALVESTON — A Texas A&M Galveston professor has failed every student in his strategic management class, berating them via email as a disgrace to the school.

KPRC television station in Houston reports that Irwin Horwitz sent the email Thursday informing them of their failing grades and saying he’ll no longer teach the class.

The email said he’s reached “breaking point.” Horwitz accused the students of backstabbing and cheating, and said they lack maturity.

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