(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.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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