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What challenges does the San Antonio area face when it comes to education and workforce opportunities? How do they influence each other?

SA2020's annual data-driven findings track progress toward solving complex community challenges.

 Aug.  20, 2018
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During an at times contentious school board meeting last Thursday, opposing viewpoints over reopening three schools took center stage in the South San Antonio Independent School District.

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In the late 19th century, many Mexican-Americans were shut out of the public education system because they couldn’t speak English. So, the community responded by creating its own schools.

Philis Barragán Goetz, assistant professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, shared the history and significance of “escuelitas.”

From Texas Standard:

Rural school districts are far away from the bustle of Texas cities and suburbs. But with those wide open spaces come fewer students – and limited access to services and supplies they need. And all that can add up.

Texas school districts make it work through extra planning, and by making tough choices.

In Texas, Rural Teachers Face A Big Pay Gap

Jan 29, 2019

From Texas Standard:

Texas ranks 28th in teacher salaries, according to the most recent data. Teachers here make about $7,000 less than the national average. But that could change, with some legislators and state leaders talking about an across-the-board raise.

Sounds great, right? Well, maybe not for rural teachers, who can lag significantly behind their urban and suburban counterparts, compensation-wise.

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More than 1 million black and Hispanics students in Texas learn in classrooms with few to no white peers.

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared school segregation unconstitutional. The Texas Tribune's recent education series "Dis-Integration" looks into how, more than 60 years later, racial segregation in schools is still impacting students across Texas, including in San Antonio and Edgewood ISDs.

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More than 50,000 students are enrolled in San Antonio Independent School District.

With innovative education programs in the works, ongoing efforts to expand campuses and new construction on bond-approved projects, what challenges and opportunities is SAISD currently facing?

Students pick up transcripts at the Ingram campus of Brightwood College San Antonio after learning their school was closing Dec. 5 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Updated 9 p.m.

Students at Brightwood College in San Antonio were told Wednesday that their school was closing effective immediately.

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Where do we draw the line on what kids can wear to school? Education reporter Krista Torralva of the San Antonio Express-News, Vox culture writer Nadra Nittle and Joy Baskin from the Texas Association of School Boards speak on "The Source."

CAST Med High School will open in the 2019-2020 school year in a former Texa A&M San Antonio building at Brooks City Base.
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The third in a series of industry-supported, career-focused high schools is slated to open in August 2019 on San Antonio’s South Side.

The San Antonio Independent School District is partnering with UT Health San Antonio to open CAST Med High School at Brooks City Base.