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Carillo Elementary, Aug. 23, 2018
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Updated at 4:50 p.m.

The board for the South San Antonio Independent School District approved the district’s 2018-2019 budget Wednesday night without filling a roughly $3 million deficit.

Trustees also voted to give staff a slight raise.

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Texas has made an effort to crack down on teachers and coaches who have sex and other inappropriate relationships with their students. Is it enough? 

UTSA freshman Aylin Esparza makes the bed in her new dorm room with her mom, Patricia Sanchez August 17, 2018.
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On the fourth floor of Alvarez Hall Friday, Aylin Esparza and her mom, Patricia Sanchez, unpacked a box of sheets to make her bed.

The 18 year old freshman has never lived away from her home in Dallas, and she’s hoping her new neighbors will become something of a second family while she’s at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Updated throughout at 5:40 p.m.

Three small Bexar County charter schools received failing grades on the 2018 academic performance ratings released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.

Overall, results from San Antonio’s school districts and charter operators were evenly mixed. This is the first rating using letter grades rather than a pass/fail system.

School lockers in a charter school hallway in November 2017.
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When the Texas Education Agency releases its 2018 academic performance ratings Wednesday, school districts will receive a letter grade instead of a pass or fail.

Rodriguez Elementary, just east of Our Lady of the Lake University, closed at the end of the 2018-2019 school year due to new state sanctions.
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Updated 5:07 p.m.

Rodriguez Elementary in the San Antonio Independent School District will likely close at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

According to internal district calculations, the west side elementary failed to meet state academic standards in 2018, subjecting it to new mandatory state sanctions.

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Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio is partnering with Tenet Healthcare to award $2 million in scholarships to area college students pursuing careers in health care.

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There are at least 760 charter schools operating in Texas as of the 2016-2017 school year, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded education institutions for school-age students grades K-12. State law gives the Texas education commissioner the authority to grant charters contingent to state board approval.

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