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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.

Elitza Marie Holtz, right, helps her daughter Amariana explore her new pre-k classroom at Southwest ISD's Big Country Elementary Aug. 22, 2019.
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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.

While many people in Austin are questioning why the Austin Independent School District is closing and consolidating schools, Roxanne Evans says she saw it coming.

Evans covered education for the Austin American-Statesman back in the 1980s, when students were bused in an attempt to integrate schools. She says what’s happening now is a continuation of something that was never finished.

Houston School Board Faces Dismissal Over Dysfunction

Aug 12, 2019

From Texas Standard:

The Texas Education Agency, or TEA, has the power to replace locally-elected school boards with its own appointed trustees, although it rarely does so. Such a step is typically reserved for extreme financial mismanagement or substandard student achievement. But in Houston, TEA officials are now considering replacing the local school board for a different reason: dysfunction.

Arianna Wagner, 5, looks up as an announcement plays on the PA system at a meet-the-teacher event Aug. 9, 2019 at YWLA Primary. She said she likes going to an all-girls school "because everybody is pretty and I like pretty things."
File Photo |Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Monday was the first day of the school year for the San Antonio Independent School District and several area charter school networks.

Two of SAISD’s schools are new this year: CAST Med High School on the South Side and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Primary just east of downtown.


South San ISD trustee Gilbert Rodriguez, right, asks district officials Aug. 7 about preparations to reopen previously closed schools.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

South San Antonio Independent School District’s elected school board voted 4-3 to “withdraw (their) consent” for state-appointed monitor Laurie Elliott Wednesday evening.

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