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News about education issues in and around San Antonio. Texas Public Radio is supported by contributors to the Education News Fund, including H-E-B, Art and Sandy Nicholson, The Flohr Family Foundation, Holly and Alston Beinhorn, Valero Energy Foundation, 2Tarts Bakery in New Braunfels, Andeavor, and IDEA Public Schools. Other contributors include Shari Albright, Holt Cat and Dee Howard Foundation.

HOLT CAT CEO Peter J. Holt, left, and former Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus watch students at the Pre-K 4 SA North Education Center say the pledge of allegience during a news conference announcing their effort to extend funding for Pre-K 4 SA.
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A group of prominent San Antonio leaders and philanthropists launched a steering committee Monday to prepare for the 2020 election to renew local funding for Pre-K 4 SA.

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From Texas Standard:

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.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

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.

Students explore books in a nook of the bilingual kindergarten class at Athens Elementary on Aug. 21, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

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.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

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.

From Texas Standard:

Most discussions about the high cost of college focus on tuition and fees. But in some places, including the University of Texas at Austin, housing can be an even bigger cost. 

A banner celebrating Schenck Elementary's A rating greets guests at the door to the school August 15, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath visited the San Antonio Independent School District Thursday to highlight the district’s rapid improvement under the state’s academic accountability system.

The commissioner pointed to SAISD as an example of the success of the A through F rating system launched last year.

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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Most San Antonio school districts and charter networks received the same score or better on this year’s state academic accountability ratings compared to last year, reducing the risk of facing sanctions.

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