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By: Ashlei KingFOX San AntonioFacebook | Twitter | EmailSAN ANTONIO - Some parents and students in the San Antonio Independent School District are concerned after a recent article printed in a school newspaper claimed the district lacks substitute teachers.A student who goes to Brackenridge High School called FOX San Antonio and said there have been multiple times since September when classes at went without supervision and they said it is because SAISD is experiencing a substitute teacher shortage."We do not have an issue with subs or a shortage of subs in SAISD or at Brackenridge High School," Michelle Jimenez, SAISD spokesperson, said.Jimenez admitted there was an incident in December where a class went an entire period without a teacher, but the district said that is not the norm and the incident is under review."We certainly try to work quickly to fill our sub positions and have people on campus in the mornings making calls, doing what they need to do to get the substitutes in the classroom,” Jimenez said.The district uses a phone calling system called “SubFinder.” Jimenez said since the process can be slow, last minute substitute notices can sometimes create an issue.The Brackenridge High School principal was quoted in the student paper saying "There are some instances where there is a substitute shortage throughout the district and when that happens we have to start getting creative in order to fill the classroom.""Sometimes classes will double up, so you might put one class with another, so there is supervision until they can get a sub or an administrator into the classroom,” Jimenez said.
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SAN ANTONIO - The MLK Youth Empowerment Summit is this Saturday (January 15) at St. Philip’s College. The summit offers educational workshops for youth of all ages, focusing on the academic areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). The event is free and open to the public.
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Last year 550 kids attended the summit. This year the goal is 1,200 participants.
Parents can drop off their children at St. Philip’s college at 8am for registration. The program starts at 9am and runs through 4pm.
Participants engage with empowering and educational sessions to connect them to the idea of Dr. King’s belief in the beloved community.
A special music workshop from 9am to 1pm will be filled with various fine arts engagements for the Pre-K through 10 year-olds. This workshop will be located in the Heritage room.
“We will also provide a lunch,” explained summit chairwoman Carla Walker. “It’s a workshop filled with activities.”
The activities allow the kids an opportunity to learn more about Dr. King and how to continue the legacy.
Kids aged up to 19 are encouraged to attend.
There will be two general sessions – one at 9am and another at 1pm.
“So in between the general sessions we hold break-out session they can go into,” explained Walker. “We want these break-out sessions to be learning experiences.”
An important “I Can’t Breath” overview will be run by the San Antonio Police Department.
“This is so kids understand the mannerisms and how to deal with SAPD and any other police department in any city, state or environment that they’re in,” said Walker. “Some of our kids don’t know how to respond – out of either nervousness or just not knowing how to follow what is asked.”
For more information, call Carla Walker at (210) 843-1913.
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