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A science classroom at YWLA Primary during a meet-the-teacher event Aug. 9, 2019.
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Teachers hired by the San Antonio Independent School District will no longer be eligible for continuing contracts starting in September.

The SAISD board voted Monday to offer the teachers term contracts instead.

A banner celebrating Schenck Elementary's A rating greets guests at the door to the school August 15, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath visited the San Antonio Independent School District Thursday to highlight the district’s rapid improvement under the state’s academic accountability system.

The commissioner pointed to SAISD as an example of the success of the A through F rating system launched last year.

Arianna Wagner, 5, looks up as an announcement plays on the PA system at a meet-the-teacher event Aug. 9, 2019 at YWLA Primary. She said she likes going to an all-girls school "because everybody is pretty and I like pretty things."
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Monday was the first day of the school year for the San Antonio Independent School District and several area charter school networks.

Two of SAISD’s schools are new this year: CAST Med High School on the South Side and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Primary just east of downtown.


Angelica Bruno enrolled her students at Beacon Hill Academy last school year after being recruited to  the school. SAISD is trying to replicate Beacon Hill's outreach districtwide.
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Parents who live inside the boundaries of the San Antonio Independent School District will likely be receiving a call from the district in the next few weeks, if they haven’t already.

The phone calls are part of a detailed plan developed in a bid to start the new school year on August 12 with at least as many students as the district had the previous year.

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.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

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.

Beacon Hills Elementary teacher  Joann Chambers reads a book to her dual language preschool class May 23, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

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.

Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Opposition to the changes implemented by Superintendent Pedro Martinez is taking center stage during this May’s election for the San Antonio Independent School District board of trustees.


Voters in the San Antonio Independent School District may soon decide on a shift in leadership for the area's public schools.  


Rob Sipes, who has a son at Jefferson HS and a daughter at YWLA, voices his support for letting nonprofits run his childrens' schools Mar. 25, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Last Monday, trustees for the San Antonio Independent School District approved contracts allowing outside organizations to oversee 18 schools. During the pivotal board meeting, district leaders emphasized that most parents and staff supported the decision, but parents didn’t vote on the contracts themselves.

Eighth grader Miranda Martinez picks up her iPad at Harris Middle School Sept. 21, 2018.
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San Antonio ISD trustees unanimously approved contracts Monday night giving outside organizations the authority to manage 18 schools, including some of the district’s most successful specialty schools.

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