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Williams, then 17, in a passport photo shortly after liberation.
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This Monday marks 75 years since the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army. The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio has developed four days of special programs, including lectures from survivors or children of survivors in observation of Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week.  

File Photo - José Menéndez. Last June, Menéndez carried legislation that would require Texas public schools to include the history of the Holocaust in curriculum.
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For the first time, Texas public schools are pausing for Holocaust Remembrance Week. That's because last June, Texas legislators passed Senate Bill 1828, which requires the inclusion of the Holocaust in Texas public school curriculum. Texas State Senator José Menéndez carried the legislation, and he told TPR's David Martin Davies he learned of the need for the law while listening to Texas Public Radio.

Trustees for San Antonio’s North East Independent School District voted Monday to stop recording the class rank of high school students who fall below the top 10% of their class.

High school students participating in a Model United Nations conference at Trinity University in San Antonio raise their placards to speak during a delegate committee session Jan. 9, 2020.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Less than 48 hours after Iran hit two U.S. bases in Iraq in retaliation for the death of their military leader, Qassem Soleimani, hundreds of high school students converged in San Antonio for a Model United Nations conference.

Students in charge of organizing the conference told Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips that the situation with Iran feels personal for them and their friends.

Social, emotional and academic skills are all essential to student success. Schools are increasingly incorporating social-emotional learning to provide a more comprehensive, supportive, equitable education experience. 

An individual looks at the San Antonio School Finder website on their phone.
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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.

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More than 18% of Texas children ages 10-17 are obese. Meanwhile, 1 in 4 youth in the state experience hunger. Either way, kids who don't get sufficient or nutritious meals start life at a serious disadvantage. 

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The long-running, contentious debate over sex education in Texas schools will rage on in 2020 as the State Board of Education revisits standards for the first time since 1994.

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.
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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.

South San high school students who advocated for greater access to mental health services celebrate the ribbon-cutting of a mental health center at Athens Elementary on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Six local nonprofits that specialize in therapy and counseling are piloting a mental health wellness program at the South San Antonio Independent School District.

On Friday the South San community celebrated the opening of a building at Athens Elementary where students, parents and staff can access the agencies’ services free of charge.