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Camille Phillips

Education Reporter

Camille Phillips covers education for Texas Public Radio.

She previously worked at St. Louis Public Radio, where she reported on the racial unrest in Ferguson, the impact of the opioid crisis and, most recently, education.

Camille was part of the news team that won a national Edward R. Murrow and a Peabody Award for One Year in Ferguson, a multi-media reporting project. She also won a regional Murrow for contributing to St. Louis Public Radio’s continuing coverage on the winter floods of 2016.

Her work has aired on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and national newscasts, as well as public radio stations in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Camille grew up in southwest Missouri and moved to New York City after college. She taught middle school Spanish in the Bronx before beginning her journalism career.

She has an undergraduate degree from Truman State University and a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Texas Public Radio is supported by contributors to the Education News Fund, including H-E-B, Art and Sandy Nicholson, The Flohr Family Foundation, Holly and Alston Beinhorn, Valero Energy Foundation, 2Tarts Bakery in New Braunfels, Andeavor, and IDEA Public Schools. Other contributors include Shari Albright, Holt Cat and Dee Howard Foundation.

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CAST STEM freshman Rain Roque works on a laptop during English class. Aug. 27, 2018
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The Centers for Applied Science and Technology launched its second high school Monday.

CAST STEM, located at Legacy High School in the Southwest Independent School District, will prepare students for careers in energy, logistics, advanced manufacturing and engineering.

Carillo Elementary, Aug. 23, 2018
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Updated at 4:50 p.m.

The board for the South San Antonio Independent School District approved the district’s 2018-2019 budget Wednesday night without filling a roughly $3 million deficit.

Trustees also voted to give staff a slight raise.

 Aug.  20, 2018
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For the South San Antonio Independent School District, Monday was the first day back to school and the first day ever for three new academies embedded inside South San’s middle schools: one with a focus on fine arts, one with a focus on health, and one with a focus on science and technology.


UTSA freshman Aylin Esparza makes the bed in her new dorm room with her mom, Patricia Sanchez August 17, 2018.
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On the fourth floor of Alvarez Hall Friday, Aylin Esparza and her mom, Patricia Sanchez, unpacked a box of sheets to make her bed.

The 18 year old freshman has never lived away from her home in Dallas, and she’s hoping her new neighbors will become something of a second family while she’s at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

"School supplies"
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Updated throughout at 5:40 p.m.

Three small Bexar County charter schools received failing grades on the 2018 academic performance ratings released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.

Overall, results from San Antonio’s school districts and charter operators were evenly mixed. This is the first rating using letter grades rather than a pass/fail system.