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Edison High School senior Miranda Treviño sought help from her college bound advisors to support her transition to college.
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When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. in the spring, it robbed many high school seniors of important milestones such as prom and graduation, and robbed them of the chance to say goodbye to their classmates. For some, it also took away their chance to set foot on the campus of the college of their choice for the first time.

Harlandale's elected school board listens to community members' concerns about the result of a state investigation into the district's governance and financial management Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath notified the Harlandale Independent School District Friday that he will not replace the South San Antonio school district’s elected board after all.

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Allegations of ethical and financial misconduct have put four San Antonio school districts under scrutiny by the Texas Education Agency – an amount of state involvement in local district operations unmatched by any other major Texas metro.


Rose Garcia speaks at a public hearing on the result of a state investigation into Harlandale ISD August 1, 2019.
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Members of the Harlandale community voiced their concerns about the results of a state investigation into the school district Thursday evening at a public hearing.

Most people who spoke thought the investigation into allegations of nepotism, financial mismanagement and improper governance was needed, but they had different opinions about what should happen next.

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.

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.

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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Academic, military and medical institutions announced their plans to re-open on Wednesday following Tuesday's ice storm, pending further weather developments.

When a majority of a school's students qualify for free-or-reduced-price lunch, districts can offer free meals to all.
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The Harlandale and San Antonio independent school districts are among the best in the state at making sure their students have enough to eat, according to new research from the nonprofit advocacy group Children at Risk.

Judson ISD Police Chief Teresa Ramon takes one of the helmets out of the closet in her office, where she also keeps bulletproof vests.
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The Sutherland Springs church shooting was a stark reminder that threats can happen anywhere, but San Antonio school officials say they have layers of protections in place already, starting with regular lockdown drills for students and teachers.


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