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Rune Mathisen

Were the reading and writing passages on standardized tests that Texas elementary and middle school students took this spring too challenging for their grade levels?

From Texas Standard:

A set of symbols known as the International Phonetic Alphabet is commonly used to determine what speech sounds like. The IPA is used for nearly 7,000 languages around the world. If you've encountered pronunciation guides online, you've used the IPA.

But the Braille version of the IPA hadn't been updated for 75 years. That is, until a Houston-area professor made it his mission to change that.

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Schools that use restorative practices often have quiet areas students can go to regroup in stressful situations, like this cozy area at Pre-K 4 SA South.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Independent School District board adopted an unusual student code of conduct Monday. In addition to the typical list of rules and consequences, it included a student bill of rights created by students.

Rendering of the parking garage Bexar County will build next to SAISD's new central office on the corner of W. Quincy and N. Flores.
Provided | San Antonio ISD

Bexar County entered into an agreement with the San Antonio Independent School District Tuesday to build a library and parking garage at the Fox Tech campus downtown.

The county will pay for the construction of both, and the district will provide the land.

Fort Bend ISD has tried to grow its staff of licensed specialists in school psychology with an aggressive internship program to help meet the soaring demand for special education services.
Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media

In the last three years, Fort Bend schools have seen the demand for special education almost double. More teachers and parents are asking for children to be tested for a disability — which district leaders say is a huge step forward since the end of a Texas policy that denied services to tens of thousands of children for over a decade.

Nicholas, 13, works on his homework with his mother Britany Miller at home on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. Davis is an eighth grader at The Lawson Academy.
Marie D. De Jesús | Houston Chronicle

Twice, Britany Miller has asked for special education services and accommodations at two different Houston-area charter schools for her son, Nicholas Davis, who struggles with depression and an attention disorder.

South San high school students who advocated for greater access to mental health services celebrate the ribbon-cutting of a mental health center at Athens Elementary on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Six local nonprofits that specialize in therapy and counseling are piloting a mental health wellness program at the South San Antonio Independent School District.

On Friday the South San community celebrated the opening of a building at Athens Elementary where students, parents and staff can access the agencies’ services free of charge.

Carolinda Acevedo, 13, says she feels calmer and more supported at her new online school than at her public school, where she was denied special ed services.
Chris Paul | Houston Public Media

Last year, as a seventh-grader at Lake Jackson Intermediate, Carolinda Acevedo struggled in class — even though she loves learning. She'd stay up late to finish her homework, but then did poorly on state exams. She lost interest in her favorite hobby, making slime in all the colors of the rainbow. Her anxiety and mood disorder flared up so much that Carolinda had to be hospitalized, her mom Christina Acevedo says.

Former astronaut Bernard Harris Jr, a 1974 graduate of Sam Houston High School, talks about his experience in space with students in the school's P-Tech program Nov. 11, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Ninth graders in Sam Houston High School's new P-Tech program had a chance to talk science with the first African American to walk in space Monday.

Bernard Harris Jr., a 1974 graduate of Sam Houston, is a former astronaut who spent more than 400 hours in space.