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TUESDAY on "The Source" — According to guidelines issued last week by the Texas Education Agency, students will be able to return to campus for in-person instruction or continue learning remotely in the fall.

The state education department released recommendations for reopening schools, per President Trump's demands, as skyrocketing COVID-19 cases threaten to overwhelm hospitals across Texas.

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Were the reading and writing passages on standardized tests that Texas elementary and middle school students took this spring too challenging for their grade levels?

A banner celebrating Schenck Elementary's A rating greets guests at the door to the school August 15, 2019.
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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.

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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.

The South SAN ISD administrative building.
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The monitor appointed by the Texas Education Agency to observe the South San Antonio Independent School District is recommending that the state return the district to the oversight of a conservator.

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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The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Texas Education Agency owes the federal government millions of dollars for failing to match a special education grant.

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