News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

Rutherford Institute

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Northside Independent School District in a landmark case regarding the radio frequency identification student locator project at two of its schools.

In a 25 page decision, Judge Orlando Garcia denied 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez’s preliminary injunction requesting she remain at John Jay High School without wearing a badge similar to the district’s RFID program.

Now Hernandez has two choices. She can wear a chip-less ID card for uniformity in the school, or she can return to Taft.

Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College is having a special registration event that will keep the doors open until midnight on Jan. 9; even with night classes, registration normally occurs during regular business hours.

Vice-President of Student Affairs Robert Garza said the school wants to reach more potential students who may have missed registration hours in the past. Garza said new students will especially find the process easier than they expected, but everyone is welcome.

Texas Senate leaders today announced efforts to assist public school children who want to attend private schools.

US Department of Education

People who are saddled with big student-loan debts can soon take advantage of the government’s loan repayment and forgiveness plan that officially begins this Friday.

The Department of Education program will allow students and families who are paying off high student loan debt to reduce their payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income.

Derrick Smith, a certified credit counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling of San Antonio, said students must have received two separate loans.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The federal hearing concluded without a final decision in the case between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refuses to wear a radio frequency identification card.

In the meantime, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the sophomore refusing the ID card, will be allowed to stay at John Jay until the end of the semester. Northside Superintendent Brian Woods said that decision was made by the district.