(March 17, 2014) -- In a symposium themed, "The State of Texas School Funding: 40 years After Rodriguez v. SAISD -- Progress or Peril?," the UTSA Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development in the College of Education and Human Development will welcome Mike Moses, former Texas Commissioner of Education and former superintendent of Dallas Independent School District.
The event, which is open to the public, will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., March 18 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
The symposium will take a look at school finance since the 1971 landmark case in which Demetrio Rodriguez brought a class action suit against the state of Texas, saying the system of funding schools based on property taxes denied equal protection to students in poorer school districts. He won, but the Supreme Court later struck the decision down, determining that education is not a fundamental right.
"Texas school districts continue to struggle to help all students meet established state learning standards. While many argue that schools are inefficient, one only needs to look at the cost of a private education to determine what the market believes to be the cost of a 'quality education,'" Moses said.
David Hinojosa, regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and litigator for various educational inequity cases, also will keynote at the symposium. A panel of area superintendents including Kevin Brown of Alamo Heights ISD, Saul Hinojosa of Somerset ISD, Linda McAnelly of Devine ISD and David Stelmazewski of Boerne ISD will also be present.
The UTSA Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development focuses on creating a venue for educational leaders such as teachers, administrators and school board members to grow professionally and to find ways to improve academic achievement among students.
"We want to reach out to the community more than anything else," said Julian Treviño, the center's director and a senior lecturer at UTSA.
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 14th Annual UTSA Storytelling Festival featuring Nancy Simpson, storyteller and keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, Ground Floor Lobby, Main Campus
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1/106), Main Campus
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