Southwest ISD

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The dirt is already turning on the 200 acres of land that will hold the Southwest Legacy High School and the Judith Resnik Middle School. The $110 million complex has been funded by the Southwest ISD’s 2012 bond.

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.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

If you want something, just ask, and eighth graders at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in the Southwest ISD are learning that lesson first hand this holiday season.

They decided to write letters to their city councilman, Rey Saldaña, to ask for sidewalks in front of their school. McAuliffe is located on the frontage road of Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, and does not have sidewalks to let parents and students access the campus safely.

"They're all really good," said Saldaña as he flipped through the letters inside the city hall chambers.

He then read them aloud:

David Martin Davies / TPR News

In the first segment:

A new public image campaign launched last week by Bexar County schools is aimed at making you aware of how great public schools are doing in the face of dramatic hardships. The "Go Public" campaign asks people to look at the multiple roles public schools have been asked to take on and to tell their stories supporting them.