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Natalie Krebs

On Fronteras:

  • Residents of a poor El Paso neighborhood accuse a school district of environmental discrimination over a proposed bus hub (0:17).
  • A struggling Dallas high school turns itself around through the efforts of a new principal (8:52).
  • A religious order of sisters opened the first Catholic church and school for African-Americans in San Antonio 125 years ago (14:40).

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San Antonio virtual reality toy company Merge VR wants to capitalize on its informal successes in the classroom.

The South SAN ISD administrative building.
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The South San Antonio Independent School District will ask voters to approve a 13 cent property tax rate increase Aug. 14.

Trustees approved the proposed increase Wednesday night by a 5 to 2 vote.

School supplies
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The state board of education has approved four new charter school operators for the 2019-2020 school year, including one in San Antonio.

Promesa Academy is slated to open in one of the poorest zip codes in the city, 78207. 

SAISD's Harris Middle School has been certified as an IB World School.
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Harris Middle School in the San Antonio Independent School District has been certified as an International Baccalaureate school.

Offering the globally-recognized program at more schools is part of the district's five-year plan to increase student success.

South San ISD board meeting. June 6, 2018
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Updated June 7 at 5:35 p.m.

South San Antonio Independent School District officials said Wednesday's trustee vote to increase the property tax rate is invalid. Trustees voted 4-2 to raise the tax rate 13 cents, but state law requires a 60 percent majority. 

Students run past CAST Tech High School, one of San Antonio ISD's new specialized schools in May 2018.
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San Antonio is joining more than 60 other cities collaborating to better prepare students for careers in science and technology.

The city has been selected to be a part of a national organization called STEM Ecosystems.

Stewart Elementary on San Antonio's east side is being managed by charter operator Democracy Prep starting with the 2018-2019 school year.
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Bexar County Judge Karen Pozza Monday denied a request from the San Antonio Alliance teachers union for an emergency injunction to block charter operator Democracy Prep from taking over Stewart Elementary.

The contract between the San Antonio Independent School District and Democracy Prep is slated to go into effect July 1.

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The Texas State Board of Education voted on April 13 to create curriculum standards for a Mexican-American studies course based on an existing course taught in the Houston Independent School District.

While this could be considered a victory for activists calling for Mexican-American studies in Texas schools, in making the decision, the majority of the board approved a last-minute name change. Instead of Mexican-American Studies, the course would be called Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.

San Antonio native and SBOE member Marisa Pérez-Diaz joins us to discuss the board's decision.

Edgewood ISD parents and community members grab breakfast tacos before a town hall May 31, 2018.
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School officials at the Edgewood Independent School District said positive changes are coming to the district, including more specialized programming to attract students and improve academic outcomes.

Like many districts in Bexar County, Edgewood said it is losing students to charter schools.