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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.

Audience members ask questions during a panel discussion on arming teachers and staff Jan. 7 at East Central High School.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

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.

Bekah McNeel / For Texas Public Radio

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.

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.