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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.

From Texas Standard:

On March 3, Texas and 13 other states will vote in primary elections. That includes choosing which Democrat will face President Donald Trump in November's general election.

In previous years, especially during the 2018 midterms, education was a particularly important issue for Texas voters. And Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, says it's an important topic this year, too, especially for members of his association.

An exam room at Health Center West on the Tafolla Middle School campus. The clinic opened Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

A new clinic at Tafolla Middle School will make it easier for families in the neighborhood to access medical care for their children.

Health Center West, located in a portable building on the middle school campus, will serve students in the San Antonio Independent School District who attend Lanier High School and its feeder schools, including Tafolla.

Lamar Elementary students perform at San Antonio ISD's 2020 State of the District presentation at the Pearl Stable Feb. 19, 2020.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Independent School District is gearing up to ask voters to approve one of the largest bonds in district history. The bond, slated for the November ballot, could be as high as $1.25 billion.

Pre-K 4 SA teacher Jaclyn Castillo reads to her class on March 2, 2018.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The early childhood education landscape has changed significantly since San Antonio voters approved a dedicated sales tax to support a city-run preschool in 2012.

If voters renew the dedicated sales tax in May, city officials say they will use the $36-$38 million it generates each year to make sure all San Antonio families have access to affordable pre-k.

Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips sat down with Pre-K 4 SA CEO Sarah Baray to ask how the money will be spent if it’s renewed for another eight years. Here’s their conversation, edited for length and clarity.

Rey Saldaña
File Photo | Ryan Loyd | Texas Public Radio

Former San Antonio City Council member Rey Saldaña is moving to Washington D.C. to become the President and CEO of the national nonprofit Communities in Schools — which provides case management for students to help them stay in school. 

Harlandale's elected school board listens to community members' concerns about the result of a state investigation into the district's governance and financial management Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath notified the Harlandale Independent School District Friday that he will not replace the South San Antonio school district’s elected board after all.

Students eat lunch at Castle Hills Elementary in San Antonio's North East school district Jan. 17, 2020.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

An anonymous donor paid the school cafeteria debt for almost a thousand students in the North East Independent School District last week.

San Antonio ISD high school students hold a news conference to ask for more student input before the district's school board meeting Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

A group of high school students from San Antonio ISD asked the district to listen to students in a more meaningful way when making decisions Monday.

Valerie Morales helps her daughter EllaMae into her coat before leaving an information night about Rodriguez Montessori on Jan. 16, 2020.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

After a year standing empty, Rodriguez Elementary on San Antonio’s West Side is reopening in the fall as a Montessori dual language school. Families looking for a good school welcomed the new addition, but for some families directly impacted by the closure, the reopening rings hollow.

Photos of key events in San Antonio's history of Mexican American civil rights activism line the walls of a news conference announcing the launch of a civil rights institute Jan 21, 2020 at Our Lady of the Lake University.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

An archive of the history of Mexican American civil rights is coming to Our Lady of the Lake University on San Antonio’s West Side.

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