Dis-Integration: A Conversation on School Segregation
All are invited to attend a conversation — live or virtual — about the impact of school segregation on public education in San Antonio and statewide during the event Dis-Integration: A Conversation on School Segregation in Texas Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Philip’s College in the Bowden Alumni Center on the third floor of the college’s G. J. Sutton Learning Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive. The event is free and open to the public, with free parking and online access as well.
The conversation is moderated by The Texas Tribune public education reporter Aliyya Swaby and announced panelists as of Feb. 12 include:
- State Rep. Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio, vice chair of the House Public Education Committee;
- Diana Herrera, a former student and teacher in the Edgewood Independent School District;
- Albert Kaufman, a professor at St. Mary’s University; and
- Brian Sparks, network principal in the San Antonio Independent School District.
While this nonprofit event is co-hosted by both Alamo Colleges District and St. Philip’s College, it is supported by the Texas Association of School Business Officials and Pearson.
Additional support is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Sid Richardson Foundation. According to its web page, “Each year we host 50-plus on-the-record, open-to-the-public live events — on college campuses, in community centers and everywhere in between — at which public officials, policy wonks and newsmakers answer for the work they’re doing and how they’re spending your tax dollars. Events are often available via livestream video, for those who can’t attend in person, and following the conversation we publish and archive video online.
The nonpartisan Feb. 26 event is the college debut of this project. Find details on live and virtual participation by visiting the event web page
Three San Antonio Football Players Get to the Super Bowl
The NFL Super Bowl has been good for one local high school – John Jay. Since the news broke that the LA Ram’s No. 83 Josh Reynolds gradated from the Northwest school, media has been flocking to the school’s doors.
It also helps that Reynolds’ mother, Michelle, is an assistant principal there.
Josh Reynolds, a wide receiver for the Rams, graduated from Jay High School where he played football, basketball and ran track. After high school, he played for Tyler Junior College and found his way to Texas A&M University. He was drafted in 2017 by the Rams.
In 2016, an ESPN story said, “Since joining the Aggies in 2014, the San Antonio product has been one of the conference’s most consistent and productive receivers but rarely is his name first off the lips of observers rattling off the (NCAA Southeastern Conference) top pass-catchers.”
In San Antonio – a city that has produced many top-notch football players, Reynolds’ name is gold.
Malcolm Brown, a graduate of Steele High School in Cibolo, is a running back for the Rams, but he’s on the injured reserve list. He’s been with the Rams since 2015 after playing for the University of Texas.
Ramon Richards graduated from Brackenridge High School in 2014. He played for Oklahoma State and was signed by the Rams last year. He’s on the team’s practice squad.
As the Rams face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday, most of the Jay community will be rallying behind its former student. The school is so excited they made a No. 83 jersey for their Mustang mascot.
SA Fire Department Now in Elite Class
Currently, only 10 percent of the U.S. population is protected by accredited agencies. Now the San Antonio Fire Department is one of those accredited organizations.
Agencies become accredited after peer review of their accreditation documents, completion of an onsite assessment, and participation in a public hearing before the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, which gave the green light for the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) to earn this prestigious designation. Accreditation is good for five years.
Only 72 agencies hold accreditation and an ISO Class 1 rating. In 2017, the SAFD was awarded a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the highest score a fire protection community can receive. With both these designations – accreditation and an ISO rating – the San Antonio department is one of the largest agencies (top 4) in the United States to hold both.
This achievement is welcome news for the SAFD, in which an independent review said in 2018 that the death of one of its firefighters and injuries to two others in 2017 could have been prevented. The review said, “The goal of this report is to challenge the San Antonio Fire Department to meet national fire service best practices identified in the recommendations to minimize risk exposure to the men and women of the SAFD.”
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood was also featured in the Blackbook Directory and Yearbook in 2018 as being a top leader in the San Antonio black community.