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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.

Texas School Finance Panel Approves Final Report To Lawmakers

Dec 20, 2018
 Jan. 23, 2018
Bob Daemmrich / For the Texas Tribune

After hours of discussion Wednesday, a state panel studying school finance stripped its final report of language that blamed the state for inadequate education spending — and that added urgency to a need for more money to improve student performance.

Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

The state commission tasked with recommending ways to overhaul k-12 education funding is close to issuing a final report to Texas lawmakers.

The commission met Tuesday to discuss a preliminary draft of the report.

 


The San Pedro campus of Brightwood College San Antonio locked its doors on Dec. 5, 2018, the day its parent company announced it was closing.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Government agencies and higher education institutions are compiling resources to help students who were enrolled at Brightwood College finish their education.

Education Corporation of America, Brightwood’s parent company, abruptly announced last week that all of its campuses were closing at the end of the current term. To help students navigate their options, here are some answers to common questions.

Far From Home: Demystifying The College Experience

Dec 6, 2018
Enrique A. Sanabria

On a sunny Saturday in October, about 500 prospective students and their families gathered on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso for Orange and Blue Day. They met with representatives from financial aid, admissions, and various academic departments in a festival-like atmosphere spread across campus.

The university uses events like this to make college more inviting for families sending their first-ever student to college.

This is the third of a five-part special report, "Far From Home."


Students pick up transcripts at the Ingram campus of Brightwood College San Antonio after learning their school was closing Dec. 5 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Updated 9 p.m.

Students at Brightwood College in San Antonio were told Wednesday that their school was closing effective immediately.

San Antonio College moved its student resource center into its own building in the fall of 2018.  It was previously housed in a couple of  classrooms.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

In 2016, San Antonio College started a program to meet the needs of students living in poverty.

Since then, the Student Advocacy Center has helped hundreds of students through financial emergencies and family crises, with the goal of keeping them on track to complete a degree.


Special education teacher Rebekah Ozuna poses for a portrait in her classroom at Knox Early Childhood in Oct. 2018.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Everything in Rebekah Ozuna’s classroom is designed for the little bodies and fast-firing neurons of 3- and 4-year-olds.

Tiny chairs. A carpet for story time. Colorful bins full of blocks and toys. Even the windows are low to the ground so her students can see outside.

Texas' Board of Education voted Friday to change the way its students learn about the Civil War. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, students will be taught that slavery played a "central role" in the war.

The state's previous social studies standards listed three causes for the Civil War: sectionalism, states' rights and slavery, in that order. In September, the board's Democrats proposed listing slavery as the only cause.


The Texas State Board of Education backed a motion Tuesday evening to reinsert Hillary Clinton into the state's 11th-grade U.S. History standards, two months after voting to remove the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee from the state's curriculum. In a separate action Tuesday, the board backed restoring disability rights advocate Helen Keller to the state's third-grade social studies curriculum standards.

City of San Antonio

The faculty, staff and students of the Southside Independent School District were sent home Tuesday morning after a natural gas line exploded near the district offices early Tuesday morning.

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