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Twins Adrian and Jennifer Uribe shake hands with UTSA Provost Kimberly Espy. The Lamar High School seniors will be among the first students to receive fee tuition and fees at UTSA through the Bold Promise program announced Dec. 12, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is following the lead of the Alamo Colleges and UT-Austin, launching a free tuition program for students who meet certain eligibility requirements.

An individual looks at the San Antonio School Finder website on their phone.
Provided | City Education Partners

San Antonio has a new website for parents researching their public school options.

The San Antonio School Finder includes a sortable list of all public schools in Bexar County, including traditional public schools, charter schools and magnet schools.

Lanier High School students pick up free internet hotspots Dec. 6, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

More than 5,200 high school students in the San Antonio Independent School District will take home free hotspot devices and cell phones over the next few weeks.

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham meets with UTSA students and officials Nov. 22, 2019.
Provided | UTSA

Colleges and universities rely heavily on federal funding distributed based on the census.  At the same time, college students have proven to be a challenging population to count.

Those two factors have inspired higher education institutions in San Antonio to work together to make sure their students are counted in the 2020 Census.

Rune Mathisen

Were the reading and writing passages on standardized tests that Texas elementary and middle school students took this spring too challenging for their grade levels?

From Texas Standard:

A set of symbols known as the International Phonetic Alphabet is commonly used to determine what speech sounds like. The IPA is used for nearly 7,000 languages around the world. If you've encountered pronunciation guides online, you've used the IPA.

But the Braille version of the IPA hadn't been updated for 75 years. That is, until a Houston-area professor made it his mission to change that.

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Schools that use restorative practices often have quiet areas students can go to regroup in stressful situations, like this cozy area at Pre-K 4 SA South.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Independent School District board adopted an unusual student code of conduct Monday. In addition to the typical list of rules and consequences, it included a student bill of rights created by students.

Rendering of the parking garage Bexar County will build next to SAISD's new central office on the corner of W. Quincy and N. Flores.
Provided | San Antonio ISD

Bexar County entered into an agreement with the San Antonio Independent School District Tuesday to build a library and parking garage at the Fox Tech campus downtown.

The county will pay for the construction of both, and the district will provide the land.


Fort Bend ISD has tried to grow its staff of licensed specialists in school psychology with an aggressive internship program to help meet the soaring demand for special education services.
Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media

In the last three years, Fort Bend schools have seen the demand for special education almost double. More teachers and parents are asking for children to be tested for a disability — which district leaders say is a huge step forward since the end of a Texas policy that denied services to tens of thousands of children for over a decade.

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