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Emblem of North East ISD
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Trustees for the North East Independent School District approved a 3% raise for all employees Thursday evening. That’s about $1,600 more for a teacher that made $53,000 in the 2018-2019 school year.

Beacon Hills Elementary teacher  Joann Chambers reads a book to her dual language preschool class May 23, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Employees of the San Antonio Independent School District will see a bit more in their paycheck next school year.

Trustees approved raises for all employees Monday evening as part of the district’s 2019-2020 budget.

Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

Now that an ethnic studies course in Mexican American studies has been approved in Texas public schools, some district officials may wonder about the next steps to take.

One San Antonio academy already immerses its students in language and culture. It just wrapped up a two-week camp that expands on that tradition for more than 100 middle and high school kids.

 


Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal at a superintendents meeting Feb. 13, 2018.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Officials with the Texas Education Agency recommended that Harlandale’s elected school board be replaced with an appointed board of managers in a final report sent to the district on Friday.

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Three bills inspired by the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in 2018 are now law. They aim to provide greater access to training for both students and educators on school safety and students' mental health.


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Research showing that reading passages on Texas standardized tests were years above grade level inspired calls for action this legislative session.

Lawmakers responded by passing a bill to study the matter further.


North East ISD school bus
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The school board for the North East Independent School District voted Tuesday to formally reprimand one of its own trustees, Joseph Trevino, for misuse of power.


When students who aren’t enrolled in a free school meal program lack the money to pay for their food, what results is an accumulating lunch debt. It’s a problem facing many schools across the country. About 75% of districts reported having unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association.

"Graduation Caps"
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Almost 950 students graduated from Texas A&M University-San Antonio Friday afternoon. More than 5,100 students will walk the stage to celebrate earning their degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio this weekend.

Southside superintendent Mark Eads, left, and the district's board of managers listen to a presentation on May 16, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The Texas Education Agency has set a date for a gradual transition back to independent governance in the Southside school district: May 2020.

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