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San Antonio ISD Asks Voters To Back Largest-Ever Bond For Campus Renovations, Tech Upgrades

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This November, San Antonians will vote for their preferred candidates for national, state and county offices, and decide whether to approve a handful of local measures. The San Antonio Independent School District wants voters to green light a $1.3 billion bond — the largest in city history — and promises to do so without increasing their property taxes.

If approved, Proposition A would put $1.21 billion into renovations at 36 SAISD campuses and Proposition B would allocate $90 million toward technology upgrades including high-speed internet and smart devices in every classroom.

Where would the money come from and how does the district plan to use it? How would these bond projects make San Antonio ISD schools more equitable?

SAISD says the bond would not increase the property tax rate. How do officials explain ballot language that seems to contradict this claim?

How confident is SAISD leadership that voters will support such a large bond amid pandemic-related economic fallout? What's at risk if they don't?

Guest: Pedro Martinez, superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District

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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, October 13.

Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon