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There are more than 30,000 young people in Bexar County between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. This demographic represents about 14 percent of their age group in the area. 


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Texas received an F when it comes to lead levels in drinking water at schools, according to the Texas Public Interest Research Group and Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. That was the same grade it got in 2017. Texas was among 22 states that received the failing grade.

Students in Michelle Olivarri's third grade class celebrate getting the right answer on a computer game in January 2019.
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As a master teacher at the San Antonio Independent School District, Michelle Olivarri gets a $15,000 stipend to teach at a school with a history of low student outcomes.

During a reading lesson in her third grade classroom earlier this semester, sounds of excitement blended with energetic music from a computer game on the parts of a story.

“I’m in second,” shouted one student after filling in his answer on a tablet.

“I’m in fourth,” said another. “Ms. Olivarri, I was on fire!”


San Antonio teachers board charter buses to Austin for a rally at the capitol as daybreaks Mar. 11, 2019.
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Hundreds of educators from across Texas traveled to Austin Monday to spend the first day of their spring break rallying for increased state funding for public schools.

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From drafting new safety plans to increasing mental health resources on campuses, Texas lawmakers have varied proposals for addressing school safety this legislative session.

Students climb the stairs of the Chance Academic Center on the San Antonio College campus in June, 2018.
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Starting this fall, owing the Alamo Colleges a small amount of money will no longer prevent former students from re-enrolling to complete their degree.

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The Judson Independent School District has adopted a new staffing model to help cut its budget. Trustees approved a plan Tuesday evening that reduces the number of librarians and registered nurses assigned to each campus.

The board of South San ISD is developing plans to open Athens Elementary, which closed in 2017.
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Administrators at the South San Antonio Independent School District estimate that it will cost nearly $14 million dollars to reopen Athens Elementary, Kazen Middle School and West Campus High School next fall. But the majority on the board is skeptical that it will cost that much.

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During a presentation to business leaders Wednesday, San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez made a point to respond to critics and praise the district’s board of trustees. 

Gates Elementary teacher Kayla John laughs at a drawing a student drew of her during guided reading in January 2019. San Antonio ISD pays her an extra $15,000 stipend as a master teacher.
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Four years ago, Gates Elementary on San Antonio’s east side was on the state’s list of failing schools. Only 15 percent of its students were reading at grade level.

Now Gates is one of the fastest improving campuses in the San Antonio Independent School District. School officials credit its success in part to teachers like Kayla John.


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