Education Panel Spotlights Roles of Charter Schools, Public Schools, and Technology in the Classroom

If there is one thing that the charter school movement has highlighted in our current education system, it is the need for variety. Not every student responds to the same curriculum. Not every child matures at the same pace. However, with the emphasis on standardized testing only growing more punitive, and school budgets continuing to do without in the arts and enrichment fields, variety comes at a premium. It either costs big money at a private school, or demands heavily of parents who may find themselves driving across town to magnet schools…

Disrupting Education to Create a Highly Skilled Workforce

To cultivate a high tech industry, a city needs highly skilled workers. Yet almost every city in the country faces a shortage of workers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills. And San Antonio is no exception. “San Antonio children face a crisis: only 63 percent of public school students graduate high school and, by national standards (ACT or SAT), only 9 percent of them graduate college ready,” according to Choose to Succeed…

The Key to Continued Brain Gain: Specialized Higher Education

The downtown San Antonio city skyline is barely visible from the 20th floor of the Omni Hotel on this chilly November morning. James Russell looks out across the Medical District and 10 miles of neighborhoods, highways and hotels to the foggy city center. The city is just waking up – in more ways than one…

Rackspace and The University of Texas at San Antonio Build Advanced OpenStack-based Software Platform for Academic Research

Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have designed, built and deployed an advanced academic research software platform based upon OpenStack technologies. This new computational power resource…

From Stanford to Highlands, CodeHS Aims to Program Success

Can inner city, at-risk students escape the gravitational pull of poverty by learning the basics of computer coding in high school? Some very bright Stanford University graduate students think so, and they are trying to prove their point in San Antonio…

Graham Weston seeks to make San Antonio a cloud-computing heavy-weight

Local entrepreneur Graham Weston has a vision for San Antonio as a hub for the emerging trend in technology — cloud computing. As the co-founder of Rackspace Inc. (NYSE: RAX), a leading provider of cloud computing…

Rackspace co-founder to debut computer-coding classes in San Antonio

Graham Weston’s 80/20 Foundation and San Antonio Independent School District are introducing computer coding classes at Highlands High School in the fall…

Highlands Freshmen Begin Pathway To High-Tech Jobs

Starting this year, all freshmen at San Antonio ISD’s Highlands High School will learn how to code computer systems, the first program of its kind in Texas. The web-based program that Highland is using is called CodeHS, but anyone can sign up to learn to code from home for a monthly access fee…

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming. “It is like another language,” said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator…

San Antonio Magnet School to Debut Computer Coding Program

The 80/20 Foundation and the San Antonio Independent School District have collaborated to introduce computer coding classes in Texas, which will be the first such program in the state and the second-largest of its kind nationwide…