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TEXAS grants are awarded to students  with financial need attending public universities like UTSA.
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As the number of students eligible for the state’s largest financial aid program grows, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is projecting a substantial drop in the percentage of eligible students who will receive the award.

Initial budget proposals filed in the Texas House and Senate this week keep funding flat for the Toward EXcellence, Access, & Success (TEXAS) Grant Program.


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Monday, about 34,000 teachers will walk off the job in Los Angeles – a move described as "historic." It echoes what happened almost a year ago when a West Virginia teacher walkout triggered similar strikes elsewhere in the US. Teachers all over the country are lobbying for higher pay.

Here in Texas, 10 percent of all first-year teachers leave their jobs before their second year. Better pay may be key to keeping more of them in the classroom, and last week, top state lawmakers pledged that 2019 will be the "Year of the Teacher" in the Texas Legislature, promising to boost salaries. But there's still many details yet to be decided.

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The number of Texas school districts with policies allowing teachers and other staff to carry guns has increased almost 50 percent since the shooting at Santa Fe High School in May took 10 lives.

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Oftentimes a teacher’s first sign of trauma is when a child acts out.

A pilot program launched this week by the San Antonio Police Department will help schools be more proactive by giving them advanced notice that a student might have been exposed to violence or other potentially traumatizing events involving the police.

 


State Rep. Diego Bernal speaks to students at Churchill High School Oct. 16, 2018.
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After failing to pass legislation to reform public school funding in 2017, state leaders have pledged to make it a top priority this legislative session.

The Texas Public School Finance Commission spent 2018 creating a roadmap for lawmakers to enact that reform, but key questions remain.


Audience members ask questions during a panel discussion on arming teachers and staff Jan. 7 at East Central High School.
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A forum on arming educators Monday night featured arguments for and against the plan, but East Central community members still left with a lot of unanswered questions.

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On a bulletin board at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a flier advertised a storytelling event for first-generation students to share their experience in their own words.


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The East Central Independent School District is holding a panel Monday evening to discuss whether or not the district should allow teachers and staff to carry a gun.

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Updated Jan.5.

To be considered a Hispanic Serving Institution, 25 percent of a college’s population must be Hispanic. Right now, there are 492 HSIs in the U.S., but David Ortiz with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities says that will change soon.


Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal at a superintendents meeting Feb. 13, 2018.
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The Harlandale Independent School District is strongly disputing the preliminary results of a state investigation, which recommends replacing the district’s elected board with a state-appointed board.

The district requested a review of the findings Thursday in a 65-page document submitted to the Texas Education Agency.

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