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UTSA freshman Aylin Esparza makes the bed in her new dorm room with her mom, Patricia Sanchez August 17, 2018.
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On the fourth floor of Alvarez Hall Friday, Aylin Esparza and her mom, Patricia Sanchez, unpacked a box of sheets to make her bed.

The 18 year old freshman has never lived away from her home in Dallas, and she’s hoping her new neighbors will become something of a second family while she’s at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

"School supplies"
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Three small Bexar County charter schools received failing grades on the 2018 academic performance ratings released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.

Overall, results from San Antonio’s school districts and charter operators were evenly mixed. This is the first rating using letter grades rather than a pass/fail system.

The South SAN ISD administrative building.
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Voters who live in the South San Antonio Independent School District vetoed a proposal Tuesday to increase the district’s property tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17, with 57 percent voting against.

South San asked taxpayers for the 13 cent increase because it’s facing a $6.45 million budget shortfall caused by declining enrollment.

School lockers in a charter school hallway in November 2017.
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When the Texas Education Agency releases its 2018 academic performance ratings Wednesday, school districts will receive a letter grade instead of a pass or fail.

Teach for America Corps member Perla Torres, center, snaps her fingers in appreciation of something one of her new coworkers said during Democracy Prep's teacher in-service Aug. 1, 2018.
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Every school year brings changes. New teachers. New classmates. But the school year, which began Monday, brought more changes than usual for the students at Stewart Elementary.

While their school continues to be a part of the San Antonio Independent School District, the south side elementary is now being managed by charter operator Democracy Prep.