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The San Antonio Independent School District is letting more than 150 employees go at the end of the school year to help offset a $31 million budget shortfall.

District trustees unanimously approved the layoffs Monday night in front of an emotional standing-room only crowd.


Members of San Antonio Alliance, the local teachers union, speak at a trustee meeting in January 2018.
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Updated May 11. Final details on the number of contract teachers and administrators who are being laid off will be decided 5:30 p.m. Monday, at the Burnet Center, 406 Barrera St., during the regularly scheduled trustee meeting. People who wish speak during public comment need to sign in before the meeting begins.

SAISD board  Vice President Arthur Valdez, President Patti Radle and Superintendent Pedro Martinez in January 2018.
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The board of trustees for the San Antonio Independent School District Monday night approved trimming teacher and administrator positions from its payroll next school year.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the district will lay off any teachers or assistant principals.

A teacher sits and reads with her students at Steele Montessori Academy in southeast San Antonio in March 2018.
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The San Antonio Independent School District launched a bold new enrollment policy at five specialty schools this year, weighing the lottery based on income and geography to maintain a balance of working class and middle class students.

Creating socially and economically diverse schools goes against the status quo in a city as economically segregated as San Antonio. The question now is whether families will like the idea enough to return in years to come.

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When Lexa Rijos and Jamie Roadman moved to southeast San Antonio 16 years ago, people warned them that there weren’t any good public schools in the area.

But when they heard a new public Montessori elementary was opening up down the block last year, they eagerly enrolled their 3-year-old son Santiago.