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Texas passed its initial charter school legislation in 1995 and the state's first charter schools opened in the fall of 1996.

LEE High School football players warm up before their first home game of the season Sept. 8, 2018.
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Part of Texas billionaire Ross Perot’s legacy is a lasting influence on the state’s education policy. The two-time independent presidential candidate died Tuesday morning at age 89.

Perot took on Friday night lights as chair of a state education task force in 1984, leading to the passage of a major school reform bill that shaped Texas education for the past 35 years.

Codeup graduated the first class from its new data science program in June.  

Davenport High School in Comal ISD is slated to open in the fall of 2020.
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The fastest growing school districts in the San Antonio metro area are now located mostly outside Bexar County.

The rapid growth of charter schools throughout Bexar County, combined with an increase in housing options outside the city, has catapulted enrollment growth in neighboring counties ahead of San Antonio, according to a TPR analysis of enrollment changes over the past 10 years.

Dual language preschool students Luis Robledo, Aiyana Carpenter, Emily Carrasco and John Paul Cabrera practice speaking in Spanish at SAISD's Beacon Hill Academy on May 23, 2019.
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School districts across San Antonio have lost students to charter schools in recent years. But the enrollment declines started earlier and cut deeper in the city’s urban core.

The San Antonio Independent School District has lost the most: nearly 6,000 students since 2009, according to a TPR analysis of enrollment changes over the past 10 years. The Edgewood school district west of SAISD lost an equally high percentage of its students.

Elementary students line up for their next class at IDEA Carver charter school on San Antonio's East Side May 24, 2019.
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The San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Area has two of the fastest growing cities in the country. But according to Texas enrollment data, the region’s traditional public schools lost nearly 4,000 students between 2017 and 2019.

Emblem of North East ISD
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Trustees for the North East Independent School District approved a 3% raise for all employees Thursday evening. That’s about $1,600 more for a teacher that made $53,000 in the 2018-2019 school year.

The South SAN ISD administrative building.
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The monitor appointed by the Texas Education Agency to observe the South San Antonio Independent School District is recommending that the state return the district to the oversight of a conservator.

San Antonio high school seniors committed to attending Texas A&M-San Antonio cheer on their mascot during a dance off on College Signing Day May 3, 2019.
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More than a thousand high school seniors from across San Antonio pledged to continue their education after graduation Friday.


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San Antonio’s largest charter school network is gearing up for a fast-paced expansion over the next three years. IDEA Public Schools plans to add 15 schools in Bexar County by 2022, doubling its local enrollment to nearly 24,000 students.

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