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West Side Revitalization
5:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Old City Service Center On West Side Approved For Redevelopment

Urban revitalization continues on the West Side, with projects like the Birdsong Peanut Factory delopment, and this new project.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The City Council has voted to sell land it no longer needs so that it can be redeveloped into shops and businesses.

The location of the land is on South Zarzamora, where the service center that houses public works, fire and solid waste departments will close this summer. A new service center, currently under construction, will open up at West Commerce and Callaghan Road.

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Health In Schools
4:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Senate Bill Requires School Districts To Post School Nurse Schedule Online

Though the bill passed with a unanimous vote from the committe, there were people who testified against it.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A bill that requires schools districts to notify parents when a school nurse will be on campus wins unanimous approval with the Senate Committee on Education. 

The bill is being carried by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and requires schools to post online for parents the days and times a nurse is available. Currently the average ratio of nurses to student is 1 to 861. 

Patti Quincy with the Texas Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers testified in favor of the bill.

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Early Education
3:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Texas Educators In San Antonio To Soak Up Pre-K Ideas

Mayor Julian Castro gives impassioned Pre-K 4 SA speech to educators from around the state at the Texas Early Learning Innovation Summit at UTSA Downtown.
Eileen Pace TPR

Educators attending the Texas Early Learning Innovation Summit at UTSA today seemed eager to gather information from San Antonio to take back to their own communities.

Pre-K 4  SA is making strides on its facilities, staffing, and curriculum, and although San Antonio initiated the program through a sales tax, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby said residents there may be looking for another way to fund a program.

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TEA Performance Ratings
1:55 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New TEA Rating System: What Does It Mean To Be An "A" Student In An "F" School?

Ryan Poppe TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte expressed her outrage and disappointment toward the Texas Education Agency commissioner and his re-vamped public schools rating system. 

Van De Putte said Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ reason for changing the school rating system from language of "acceptable or unacceptable" to a report card system of an "A through F" is an insult.

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State Budget
11:51 am
Fri April 5, 2013

House Passes $93 Billion Budget, Says No To Private School Vouchers

Though the House didn't fully restore education from the 2011 cuts, it did put $3.5 billion back.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

The Texas House passed a $93.5 billion budget bill that bans state funding of school vouchers and open-enrollment charter schools and paves the way for accepting Medicaid expansion.

During the debate on the budget, Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi, introduced the amendment that prohibits the funding of school vouchers.

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Research At UTSA
10:23 am
Fri April 5, 2013

UTSA Reaches Capital Campaign Goal Two Years Early

University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is quickly becoming a Tier-One research school and the university credits the support of the San Antonio community for speeding up the process.

UTSA received $5 million in pledges to match the H-E-B Faculty Research Fund gift, which supports the recruitment and retention of leading scholars and researchers.

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Texas Veterans
9:21 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Burned Veterans Statewide Could Get Summer Electric Bill Help

The San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

The Senate has passed Senate Bill 981, a bill giving electric utilities permission to help severely-burned war veterans with their high electric bills during the hot Texas summers.

A bill in the 2011 Legislature was passed for the same purpose, but it targeted only CPS Energy in San Antonio.

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Texas Trash
7:35 am
Fri April 5, 2013

TxDOT Revamps "Don't Mess With Texas" Campaign Aimed At Millennials

The new "Don't Mess with Texas" trashcans contain snarky messages aimed at the younger generation. They will be distributed to 300 locations througout the state.
TxDOT

 The Texas Department of Transportation is revamping the decades-old Don’t mess with Texas Campaign for the new generation. The slogan has become a staple for the lone star state since it was launched 27 years ago, but now TxDOT wants to add some new flare and grab attention.

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Gun Violence In Schools
4:56 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Teacher Gun Training Bill Heads To House Floor For Debate/Vote

As the entire country continues to grapple with gun violence at schools, the Texas House could be close to a vote on teacher gun training.
Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

A bill that provides teachers with law enforcement training on how to "take-out" a gunman on campus moves one step closer to becoming law.

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Legislature Budget
3:11 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

With More Than 260 Amendments, House Budget Debate Expected To Last Into Evening

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Both Republicans and Democrats say it will be a long day as the House considers a Senate budget bill. An amendment added by Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, addresses the possibility of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

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