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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.

Students take a study break during finals week on the main campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio Dec. 11, 2017.
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The pot of money the University of Texas System is using to offer free tuition to low and middle income families at UT Austin isn’t available to other UT schools.

LEE High School football players warm up before their first home game of the season Sept. 8, 2018.
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Part of Texas billionaire Ross Perot’s legacy is a lasting influence on the state’s education policy. The two-time independent presidential candidate died Tuesday morning at age 89.

Perot took on Friday night lights as chair of a state education task force in 1984, leading to the passage of a major school reform bill that shaped Texas education for the past 35 years.

Davenport High School in Comal ISD is slated to open in the fall of 2020.
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The fastest growing school districts in the San Antonio metro area are now located mostly outside Bexar County.

The rapid growth of charter schools throughout Bexar County, combined with an increase in housing options outside the city, has catapulted enrollment growth in neighboring counties ahead of San Antonio, according to a TPR analysis of enrollment changes over the past 10 years.

Dual language preschool students Luis Robledo, Aiyana Carpenter, Emily Carrasco and John Paul Cabrera practice speaking in Spanish at SAISD's Beacon Hill Academy on May 23, 2019.
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School districts across San Antonio have lost students to charter schools in recent years. But the enrollment declines started earlier and cut deeper in the city’s urban core.

The San Antonio Independent School District has lost the most: nearly 6,000 students since 2009, according to a TPR analysis of enrollment changes over the past 10 years. The Edgewood school district west of SAISD lost an equally high percentage of its students.

Elementary students line up for their next class at IDEA Carver charter school on San Antonio's East Side May 24, 2019.
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The San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Area has two of the fastest growing cities in the country. But according to Texas enrollment data, the region’s traditional public schools lost nearly 4,000 students between 2017 and 2019.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath notified the Harlandale Independent School District Tuesday that he will find replacements for the district’s superintendent and elected board of trustees.

Morath’s decision follows a two-year investigation into Harlandale in response to allegations of nepotism, unfair contract procurement practices and violations of the Open Meetings Act.

Emblem of North East ISD
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Trustees for the North East Independent School District approved a 3% raise for all employees Thursday evening. That’s about $1,600 more for a teacher that made $53,000 in the 2018-2019 school year.

Beacon Hills Elementary teacher  Joann Chambers reads a book to her dual language preschool class May 23, 2019.
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Employees of the San Antonio Independent School District will see a bit more in their paycheck next school year.

Trustees approved raises for all employees Monday evening as part of the district’s 2019-2020 budget.

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Now that an ethnic studies course in Mexican American studies has been approved in Texas public schools, some district officials may wonder about the next steps to take.

One San Antonio academy already immerses its students in language and culture. It just wrapped up a two-week camp that expands on that tradition for more than 100 middle and high school kids.


Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal at a superintendents meeting Feb. 13, 2018.
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Officials with the Texas Education Agency recommended that Harlandale’s elected school board be replaced with an appointed board of managers in a final report sent to the district on Friday.