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LEE High School  senior Gia Ruiz practices with the  Royal Rubies dance team before  the first home football game of the season Sept 8, 2018. Her team used to be called the Rebel Rousers.
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The sound of drum taps and cheers echoed beneath the stands of North East Independent School District’s Heroes Stadium earlier this month as LEE High School students prepared for their first home football game of the season, and the first home game ever under its new name.

 


Parents pick up students outside North East ISD's LEE High School.
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Updated Feb. 16

After decades of growth, enrollment is declining at San Antonio’s second largest school district. This school year, the North East Independent School District saw its biggest drop yet: almost 1,500 students.

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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.

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U.S. News & World Report collected data from 22,000 public high schools across the country for their annual "Best High Schools" rankings. Thirteen San Antonio schools made the 2017 list.

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To get to San Antonio's Northeast School of the Arts Cinema Lab, you first walk into the imposingly-sized Lee High School (which feels like it’s tripled its size since NESA opened in 1997), then head underground and down a long hallway. A nondescript door opens onto a semi-darkened room where a dozen or so students are studying the latest “Alien” movie trailer on one wall of the classroom.

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Northeast ISD voted Monday night not to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School.

Since the racially-motivated mass shooting in South Carolina, institutions across the country have considered removing Confederate symbols.

For NEISD, the emotional discussion has endured for months, with thousands of people for and against the change signing petitions and making public comments.

One attendee of Monday’s school board meeting was Lee alumni Connie Strahan Stipp, who opposes changing the name of the school.

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One of San Antonio’s high school marching bands will make their broadcast television debut, during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday morning. While your turkey is roasting, the Churchill Chargers will have a short solo performance on NBC.

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, alleging the state of Texas isn’t doing enough to advance English language learner (ELL) students in public schools.

The lawsuit also names San Antonio-area school districts North East ISD and Southwest ISD as defendants and references continuing state education reports to show ELL students are not given as many opportunities as other students.

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Lady Bird Johnson High School in North East ISD is embracing a new program to take dissection out of the classroom and move it onto computers.

This program is called Froguts and next fall it will be in every biology classroom at Johnson High School.

Like many schools these days, Johnson currently uses fetal pigs for dissection, at a cost of $4,000 dollars per year. Jenine Bertolotti, the dean of the science department at Johnson, said the cost was 80 percent of her budget.

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Madison High School is back to business as usual following the arrest of a student who entered campus with multiple guns this morning.

Parents lined the front of Madison High School shortly after the school went into lockdown after a 17-year-old sophomore was discovered with weapons in his bag. North East ISD Spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said the student's parents discovered the student and several of their guns was missing from home.

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