Last Thursday, April 10, the Texas State Board of Education approved the creation of a new state elective course, which includes a class in Mexican-American studies. The board is now calling on book publishers to submit new textbooks for these courses.
School districts already had permission to create these special interest courses, but many districts wanted to give these courses some teeth.
Marisa Perez, an SBOE member from San Antonio, said that started with the creation of course standards.
San Antonio is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. An assistant said Bill Sinkin passed away peacefully Monday evening, to the tunes of The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” surrounded by family and friends.
His many friends say Sinkin’s spirit will live on in them and in his widespread contributions to San Antonio.
In a couple of spots along W. W. White Road on the city’s East Side, tall Crapemyrtle trees stand strong in the grassy easements at both of Bill Sinkin’s former bank buildings.
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Texas students are coming to class hungry, an estimated 1.5 million kids across the state participate in breakfast in the classroom programs. Texas requires any district with over 10 percent of kids qualifying for free and reduced lunches to offer breakfast as well, and the results are fed kids who can concentrate on their work.
The San Antonio Conservation Society is taking reservations for its annual seminar for school teachers to earn education credits. The class is open to teachers of all subjects in Bexar County and surrounding counties.
This year’s teacher education seminar is titled History - Hijinks & Haunts: The Treasures of Alamo Plaza.
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The people interred in the city’s Eastside cemeteries have many stories to tell, but they’re not talking. Luckily, Nicholas Fuqua with the Office of Historic Preservation said there’s still a lot to hear on the Eastside Cemetery Tour.
"We’re going to look at some historic graves from prominent Texans, look at funerary art and architecture, iconography, tell a little bit of history about the development of the city cemetery, and why it’s where it is and why it looks the way it does," Fuqua said. "So hopefully it’ll be an educational experience for everybody."