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Students in Odessa returned to class on Tuesday, many of them dressed in yellow. It was planned by Odessa High School’s student council to show support, and convey a sense of hope, after the recent mass shooting that killed one of their classmates, 15-year-old Leilah Hernandez.

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A program that notifies schools when their students have been exposed to trauma outside of school is expanding across Bexar County this fall.

The San Antonio Police Department is offering the service to any school in their jurisdiction after piloting it in 50 schools on the East Side last spring.

Elitza Marie Holtz, right, helps her daughter Amariana explore her new pre-k classroom at Southwest ISD's Big Country Elementary Aug. 22, 2019.
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The local funding for San Antonio’s Pre-K 4 SA program has made all-day preschool possible for thousands of the city’s 4-year-olds. But the funding doesn’t go far enough to provide universal pre-k for all.

One of San Antonio’s suburban school districts launched a new program this year to bridge that gap for its residents. Families who live in the Southwest Independent School District now have access to free, all-day pre-k regardless of income.

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The first cohort of Pre-K 4 SA students had better attendance and received higher third-grade STAAR exam scores than students who were not enrolled in public prekindergarten, according to new data.


Students explore books in a nook of the bilingual kindergarten class at Athens Elementary on Aug. 21, 2019.
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The South San Antonio Independent School District reopened three schools this week, seven months after a divided board went against the superintendent’s recommendation to take more time to plan.

The families at the schools are happy to be back, but the upheaval created in the process may have lasting consequences.

A science classroom at YWLA Primary during a meet-the-teacher event Aug. 9, 2019.
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Teachers hired by the San Antonio Independent School District will no longer be eligible for continuing contracts starting in September.

The SAISD board voted Monday to offer the teachers term contracts instead.

Arianna Wagner, 5, looks up as an announcement plays on the PA system at a meet-the-teacher event Aug. 9, 2019 at YWLA Primary. She said she likes going to an all-girls school "because everybody is pretty and I like pretty things."
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Monday was the first day of the school year for the San Antonio Independent School District and several area charter school networks.

Two of SAISD’s schools are new this year: CAST Med High School on the South Side and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Primary just east of downtown.


South San ISD trustee Gilbert Rodriguez, right, asks district officials Aug. 7 about preparations to reopen previously closed schools.
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South San Antonio Independent School District’s elected school board voted 4-3 to “withdraw (their) consent” for state-appointed monitor Laurie Elliott Wednesday evening.

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Allegations of ethical and financial misconduct have put four San Antonio school districts under scrutiny by the Texas Education Agency – an amount of state involvement in local district operations unmatched by any other major Texas metro.


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Hitting developmental milestones is crucial for a child's educational success. Missing certain markers can indicate a learning disability, which has the power to significantly impede a person's reading, writing, speaking and math skills. 


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