In wake of scandals, La Joya school board approves corrective action measures
A number of corrective actions were approved Wednesday by La Joya school district trustees that are meant to tighten policies around purchasing and board member conduct in the wake of misconduct scandals at the district.myrgv.com
Districts not applying for extra funds to help protect students who walk to school in high violence areas, TEA says
The Texas Education Agency says no school districts in the state have applied for available funds that would help with protecting students in high crime areas who walk to and from school.
Power struggle continues among South San ISD top leaders
South San ISD leaders held a special meeting Monday to discuss the possibility of placing the school Superintendent Marc Puig on paid administrative leave and asking the Texas Education Agency for a monitor, citing a conflict of interest with the recently placed monitor.
Community oversight could play a role in solution as South San ISD board members, superintendent at odds
Dysfunctional school boards could impact district leadership in the future if the community and voters don’t take action to be involved and pay attention to who represents them on their local board.
Texas Education Agency releases new COVID-19 public health guidelines for school districts
The TEA released new health guidelines for schools more than a week after legislators sent a letter to Gov. Abbott and Commissioner Morath, urging them to reconsider mask mandates in schools and funding for virtual learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Diego Bernal, other Bexar County state reps, ask TEA for STAAR opt-out process
SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of Texas state representatives, led by San Antonio Democrat Diego Bernal, asked the Texas Education Agency to allow Texas parents to opt their children out of STAAR testing this year. The letter was signed by 68 state representatives in all, including all 10 from Bexar County. AdThis AM we sent a letter to TEA requesting a formal STAAR opt-out procedure. #txlege pic.twitter.com/42Viz03oQu — Diego Bernal (@DiegoBernalTX) February 8, 2021Speaking to KSAT, Bernal noted this year’s testing will matter less than usual. Bernal said parents could already opt-out in a fashion by keeping their children out of school.
Bexar County school districts have reported more than 200 COVID-19 cases since July
The state health department and Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the first data for COVID-19 cases at the district level on Thursday. The data includes new cases reported last week and cumulative cases reported from July 27 to Sept. 20. RELATED: San Antonio’s 3 largest school districts have reported more than 80 COVID-19 cases for students, staffThe cumulative report showed 80 positive COVID-19 cases for students in the 19 public school districts that have campuses in Bexar County. It showed 131 positive COVID-19 cases for staff for the same districts during the same time period. Below is a list of reported cases by Bexar County school districts since July 27.
San Antonio’s 3 largest school districts have reported more than 80 COVID-19 cases for students, staff
Here’s some of the cumulative data from San Antonio’s largest school districts for the school year so far:North East ISD has reported 11 total cases among students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 14 staff cases . Boerne ISD has reported 17 total cases for students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 5 staff cases. Comal ISD has reported 25 total cases for students from early education to 12th grade, and a total of 9 staff cases. The TEA will report COVID-19 cases in public school districts on a weekly basis. Below is a table with the updated COVID-19 case information for public school students and staff in the San Antonio and surrounding area districts.
Thousands of Texas teachers set to receive pay increase, TEA says
San Antonio – More than 3,600 Texas teachers are getting a boost in pay for the next five years. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced Tuesday its inaugural Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) list, which was made possible with the passage of House Bill 3 in 2019. Teacher pay is based on a teacher’s designation level of master, exemplary or recognized. The districts must use at least 90% of the funds on teacher pay. Dr. Saul Hinojosa, superintendent of Somerset ISD, said the pay increase is life-changing for some of his teachers.
State says it ‘remains committed’ to funding remote learning for 2020-2021 school year
AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency announced Wednesday that it is committed to funding remote learning for families who choose the option for the entire 2020-2021 school year. Reminder to ALL TX Families: Every parent in our state still has the option to choose remote learning for their child—and TX leaders remain committed to fully funding remote instruction for any TX family that wants that option for their child during the entire 20-21 School Year. pic.twitter.com/COuM13fT3M — Texas Education Agency (@teainfo) July 29, 2020According to a statement by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, to generate funding for remote instruction, school systems must also provide daily-on campus instruction for families that want to come onto the campus. “Over the past month, TEA announced a funding waiver framework that fully funds schools for remote instruction for the entire year for any family that requests remote instruction,” Morath said in a statement. For more information, read TEA’s overview of remote instruction below:
San Antonio teacher: TEA guidelines not in line with local health experts recommendations
Burbank High School Teacher Luke Amphlett said his biggest concern among he and his fellow educators is student safety. Amphlett said he believes the guidelines released by TEA this week are too rigid and are not in line with what local health experts are recommending. “There’s actually no reason why we can’t build flexibility into our school schedules,” Amphlett said. “We’ve just pulled off an incredible feat, which was taking school and turning it into an online practice in the span of literally two weeks. A lot of them are retired teachers and a lot of them are older.
Do you plan to send your child to school in August?
SAN ANTONIO – Now that the Texas Education Agency has released its guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus for the 2020-2021 school year, parents and guardians have a big decision to make: Whether to send their child to school or stay at home and learn remotely. They may have to wait until the end of the grading period to do so. “Any parent may request that their student be offered virtual instruction from any school system that offers such instruction. If a parent requests virtual instruction and the school does not offer it, the parent may enroll in another school that does offer it for transfer students,” the guide said. Masks will be mandatory in many Texas schools when they reopen this fall, TEA saysYou can read the TEA guidelines below and then scroll down to vote in our poll:
Watch: Vice President Mike Pence to hold coronavirus task force briefing at 10 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO Vice President Mike Pence will address the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the U.S. and the climbing number of hospitalizations during a briefing on Wednesday morning. The White House coronavirus task force briefing is slated to begin at 10 a.m., but delays are possible. Pence has led the task force since the beginning of the pandemic, but it slowly stopped daily briefings as states began reopening efforts. 778 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths reported in Bexar CountyPences update comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Texas, which surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day on Tuesday. Across the U.S., the personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again, according to the Associated Press.
Masks will be mandatory in many Texas schools when they reopen this fall, TEA says
AUSTIN, Texas – Masks for students and teachers will be mandatory in counties with more than 20 reported COVID-19 cases when public schools resume in-person classes this fall, under new public health guidelines released by Texas state education officials Tuesday. The final guidance has been modified from a draft that the agency accidentally posted last month which included few safety mandates for school districts, consistent with Gov. "Consistent with the executive order, masks are required in schools for the duration of the executive order," education Commissioner Mike Morath told superintendents on a phone call Tuesday. No campus should reopen until pandemic begins to subside, Texas teachers association saysAfter the final guidelines were announced, the teachers association said they don't go far enough. For the first three weeks of the school year, school districts can limit students' access to in-person instruction, as they adjust to the shift.
2020-21 school calendar: Students may have earlier start dates, longer winter breaks, TEA says
A new report from the Texas Education Agency is providing possible guidance on what parents and students may expect in the 2020-2021 school year. The upcoming school year is likely to be disrupted, according to the TEA, but a new calendar may be implemented to address learning loss, considering campuses have remained closed since mid-March. Changes may include an earlier start date, a long winter break and a later end date, according to the guidelines. Thanksgiving breaks and Spring Breaks could also be longer, according to the sample intersessional calendar. “Calendar revisions require substantial change management including school board adoption that requires immediate action,” according to the TEA report.
Texas Education Agency offers free tool to parents, schools to find out how much students learned this year
AUSTIN, Texas – In an effort to gauge how much students have learned this school year, including being educated from home due to the coronavirus, the Texas Education Agency has launched free, optional end-of-year assessments that school systems and parents can choose to administer. The optional test is not required and does not take the place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR Test that Gov. The results of the optional testing will provide valuable data that informs further instructional support school systems can provide this summer and into the coming school year. Parents can register their student for the optional EOY assessments from May 12 thru June 5. Districts may also print PDF versions of the tests from the testing platform and send to students along with the paper answer documents.
Harlandale ISD leaders discuss latest developments in TEA investigation
SAN ANTONIO – Nearly three years after the Texas Education Agency opened an investigation into the Harlandale Independent School District, the case is now making its way before the district’s new leadership. A TEA investigation opened in 2017 found that he had mishandled contracts. The school board was also accused of violating the Open Meetings Act, but the TEA found it was not as severe as presented. In December, Gerardo Soto took over as the superintendent of Harlandale ISD. KSAT’s Tiffany Huertas was at a Harlandale meeting Tuesday night, where community members didn’t hold anything back.
The Week in 2:10: Fire at popular West Side eatery; Soccer power Argentina set to face Mexico in SA
SAN ANTONIO - It's been another busy week in San Antonio, and we're taking a look back on some of the biggest local stories we've covered since Sunday. See what stories made the headlines in The Week in 2:10. WEEKLY HEADLINES:Ray's Drive Inn manager clarifies what started fire at eateryMan killed in officer-involved shooting after threatening to jump off overpass identifiedFormer Gonzales Junior High nurse accused of sending inappropriate Snapchat materialWorld soccer power Argentina set to face Mexico in San AntonioTEA to remove Harlandale ISD superintendent, school boardCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.