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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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The South SAN ISD administrative building.
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Voters who live in the South San Antonio Independent School District vetoed a proposal Tuesday to increase the district’s property tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17, with 57 percent voting against.

South San asked taxpayers for the 13 cent increase because it’s facing a $6.45 million budget shortfall caused by declining enrollment.

School lockers in a charter school hallway in November 2017.
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When the Texas Education Agency releases its 2018 academic performance ratings Wednesday, school districts will receive a letter grade instead of a pass or fail.


Teach for America Corps member Perla Torres, center, snaps her fingers in appreciation of something one of her new coworkers said during Democracy Prep's teacher in-service Aug. 1, 2018.
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Every school year brings changes. New teachers. New classmates. But the school year, which began Monday, brought more changes than usual for the students at Stewart Elementary.

While their school continues to be a part of the San Antonio Independent School District, the south side elementary is now being managed by charter operator Democracy Prep.


Rodriguez Elementary, just east of Our Lady of the Lake University, is slated to close after the upcoming school year due to new state sanctions.
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Updated 5:07 p.m.

Rodriguez Elementary in the San Antonio Independent School District will likely close at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

According to internal district calculations, the west side elementary failed to meet state academic standards in 2018, subjecting it to new mandatory state sanctions.

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Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio is partnering with Tenet Healthcare to award $2 million in scholarships to area college students pursuing careers in health care.

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