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San Antonio ISD high school students hold a news conference to ask for more student input before the district's school board meeting Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
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When Marsha Madrigal was in middle school, she thought it was normal to see her classmates in handcuffs.

But she knows now that not all schools have a significant police presence, and the odds of seeing your classmates arrested go up if you are Black, like she is.

The 2018 Fox Tech High School graduate wants the San Antonio Independent School District to remove police from its schools so future middle schoolers never think it’s normal to see classmates in handcuffs. 

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Less than three weeks ago, Texas was set to unveil its public-school reopening plan for the fall. That announcement was stalled after coronavirus cases and hospitalizations started to soar in the state.

But on Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency finally released its back-to-school guidelines, which included recommendations for preventing the spread of the coronavirus on campuses.

An empty classroom is seen after Belgium's government ordered schools, cafes, restaurants and some shops to close due to the coronavirus disease.

Masks for students and teachers will be mandatory in counties with more than 20 reported COVID-19 cases when public schools resume in-person classes this fall, under new public health guidelines released by Texas state education officials Tuesday.

Bicycles line up outside HEB Student Union on the UTSA campus July 23, 2019.
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The University of Texas at San Antonio has laid off more than 300 employees as part of a university-wide effort to cut about 10% of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Students at Lyons Elementary school pass by logos for major universities on their way to lunch in this archive photo.

For 40 years, Robin Stauffer has taught high school English in seven different school districts in three different states. Most recently, Advanced Placement English in Katy, where she says working with kids has kept her young and lighthearted.

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The board of trustees for the Edgewood Independent School District voted to formally censure fellow trustee Dina Serrano Monday for posting a photo online of her husband wearing a noose.

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Trustees for the Edgewood Independent School District approved a budget for the upcoming school year Tuesday evening with a nearly $9 million shortfall.

The $104 million budget is $8.6 million higher than the district’s expected revenue.

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Trustees for the Northside Independent School District voted Tuesday evening to reduce starting pay for teachers by $335 for the upcoming school year.

This slight cut will ensure that teachers with one year of experience still earn more money than new teachers. Aside from a few exceptions, the compensation plan approved by the board does not include raises.

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Updated at 6:51 p.m. with funding guidance from TEA — With a legal requirement to pass a budget by the end of June, San Antonio area school districts have begun approving budgets for the 2020-2021 school year without knowing answers to key questions with major financial implications.

San Antonio ISD school bus.
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The San Antonio Independent School District board of trustees approved a modified academic calendar for the upcoming school year Monday evening.

SAISD officials said the changes will give the district flexibility during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.