NEISD

Texas Public Schools
4:20 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

LULAC, MALDEF File Federal Suit Over Texas English Language Learner Programs

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, alleging the state of Texas isn’t doing enough to advance English language learner (ELL) students in public schools.

The lawsuit also names San Antonio-area school districts North East ISD and Southwest ISD as defendants and references continuing state education reports to show ELL students are not given as many opportunities as other students.

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Science Education
9:22 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Johnson High School Debuts Virtual Dissection Program With PETA Grant

Students will be able to use this browser-based program to dissect frogs, squid, starfish, pigs, and cats.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Lady Bird Johnson High School in North East ISD is embracing a new program to take dissection out of the classroom and move it onto computers.

This program is called Froguts and next fall it will be in every biology classroom at Johnson High School.

Like many schools these days, Johnson currently uses fetal pigs for dissection, at a cost of $4,000 dollars per year. Jenine Bertolotti, the dean of the science department at Johnson, said the cost was 80 percent of her budget.

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Madison High School
3:36 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Madison High School Student Arrested For Bringing Guns On Campus

Parents in their vehicles line the school to pick-up their children following a threat at Madison. Removal from school was optional as the class day resumed following the arrest.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Madison High School is back to business as usual following the arrest of a student who entered campus with multiple guns this morning.

Parents lined the front of Madison High School shortly after the school went into lockdown after a 17-year-old sophomore was discovered with weapons in his bag. North East ISD Spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said the student's parents discovered the student and several of their guns was missing from home.

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Community
10:21 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Refugee Story, Part 3: Educating Refugee Children

It's back to basics for newcomer children who are learning to speak, read, and write English in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Of the more than 10,000 refugees living in San Antonio, 80 percent are women and children and the high influx of students presents unique challenges for educators.

In the third part of her series, "The Refugee Story: Building New Lives," TPR’s Eileen Pace examines the dynamics of teaching a large population of students who arrive in the U.S. with diverse languages and skills.

“Yes, Barack will do that last one,” Colonies North Elementary teacher Sara Aguirre tells her students as she points to a classroom exercise on nouns and verbs.

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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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North East ISD
9:27 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Bridging The Gap For NEISD Students On Wilderness Oak

A section of the 1,200 ft roadway and bridge to close the gap between the two ends of Wilderness Oak.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County and North East ISD have completed a new bridge in far north San Antonio to address flood control and cut time out of a route to school.

Wilderness Oak Road was split by a ditch, which caused flooding problems and a longer route to hwy. 281 and Tuscany Heights Elementary School from Canyon Golf Road.

Without the bridge, students were crossing the ditch to get to school.

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North East ISD
1:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Amidst Investigation, NEISD Police Chief Resigns

George Castaneda
NEISD

The North East Independent School District’s Police Chief has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate sexual comments to his officers.

North East’s 59-year-old Police Chief, George Castaneda, resigned on Tuesday citing health concerns. His self-termination came shortly after one of his male officers brought forward allegations last week that the chief had made inappropriate comments on two separate occasions.

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The Source - July 15, 2013
12:24 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The Source: Filibuster! | Implementing Texas Education Reform

Screen shot from "Mr. Smith goes to Washington."

Segment 1:

When we think about the filibuster we think about Jimmy Stewart collapsing on the floor of the Senate in the movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," or Rand Paul and his drone filibuster, and now maybe you think of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster at the end of June.  

For the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, the party that controls that chamber in Congress, they think of a headache.  

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The Source - April 22, 2013
6:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

The Source: The Sequester And San Antonio

Pew Center

In the first segment:

As cuts in federal spending begin to take effect, how are San Antonians feeling the impact? We speak with Melanie Villalobos from the San Antonio Housing Authority on how the cuts will freeze their ability to assist low-income families.

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Texas Education
4:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

What Parents Should Know About Education Cuts

During the last year, Children at Risk conducted a comprehensive research study to provide an objective assessment of the impact of state budget cuts on Texas’ schools and students.
Children at Risk

Lawmakers cut $5.4 billion to public education during the last legislative session, which meant districts had to act fast.

"We have looked at turning lights off, adjusting air conditioning systems, redoing transportation bus routes," said North East ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Gottardy, who said that 85 percent of his budget is education.

Gottardy didn't have to cut positions and instead reduced his staff through attrition, which still meant larger class sizes.

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