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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.

High school students participating in a Model United Nations conference at Trinity University in San Antonio raise their placards to speak during a delegate committee session Jan. 9, 2020.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Less than 48 hours after Iran hit two U.S. bases in Iraq in retaliation for the death of their military leader, Qassem Soleimani, hundreds of high school students converged in San Antonio for a Model United Nations conference.

Students in charge of organizing the conference told Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips that the situation with Iran feels personal for them and their friends.

Alamo Colleges Chancellor Mike Flores, center, is greeted by Jefferson High School cheerleaders as he arrives at the launch ceremony for AlamoPromise Oct. 2, 2019.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

On Oct. 2, Jefferson High School cheerleaders lined the sidewalk of their school to welcome dignitaries to the high-profile launch of the Alamo Colleges’ free tuition program, AlamoPROMISE.

Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

One of the former La Vernia High School students arrested for sexual assault in 2017 for participating in an alleged hazing ritual is headed to trial in July.


Twins Adrian and Jennifer Uribe shake hands with UTSA Provost Kimberly Espy. The Lamar High School seniors will be among the first students to receive fee tuition and fees at UTSA through the Bold Promise program announced Dec. 12, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The University of Texas at San Antonio is following the lead of the Alamo Colleges and UT-Austin, launching a free tuition program for students who meet certain eligibility requirements.

An individual looks at the San Antonio School Finder website on their phone.
Provided | City Education Partners

San Antonio has a new website for parents researching their public school options.

The San Antonio School Finder includes a sortable list of all public schools in Bexar County, including traditional public schools, charter schools and magnet schools.

Lanier High School students pick up free internet hotspots Dec. 6, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

More than 5,200 high school students in the San Antonio Independent School District will take home free hotspot devices and cell phones over the next few weeks.

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Dillingham meets with UTSA students and officials Nov. 22, 2019.
Provided | UTSA

Colleges and universities rely heavily on federal funding distributed based on the census.  At the same time, college students have proven to be a challenging population to count.

Those two factors have inspired higher education institutions in San Antonio to work together to make sure their students are counted in the 2020 Census.

Rune Mathisen

Were the reading and writing passages on standardized tests that Texas elementary and middle school students took this spring too challenging for their grade levels?

From Texas Standard:

A set of symbols known as the International Phonetic Alphabet is commonly used to determine what speech sounds like. The IPA is used for nearly 7,000 languages around the world. If you've encountered pronunciation guides online, you've used the IPA.

But the Braille version of the IPA hadn't been updated for 75 years. That is, until a Houston-area professor made it his mission to change that.

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