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Dis-Integration

San Antonio ISD is innovating to integrate its schools. Is it leaving some behind in the process?

To stem the exodus of students to private and charter schools, San Antonio ISD is redesigning dozens of schools that now offer popular educational programs. Families and educators at those schools are thrilled, but people at other schools feel left out.

Brian Sparks is the principal at Lamar Elementary School in San Antonio. He helps out with cafeteria duties on the first day of school.

Dis-Integration

Decades after an extensive federal desegregation order, the collective drive to racially integrate Texas’ schools has crumbled.

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San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez visits with students at Fox Tech in San Antonio on Oct. 3, 2018.

Charting a new path

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Bonham Elementary School in San Antonio is an in-district charter with a lottery system. Third graders jump rope on the playground on May 9, 2018.
At the Advanced Learning Academy at Euclid in San Antonio, second grade students read while their teacher works individually with students. (Starting bottom, then moving clockwise) Samantha Vandervort , Gabriel Lopez, Saiki Rosas, Kyle Perez (in chair) John Schweers (in chair), Tristan Poujol and Matthew Sanchez. Bexar County's school districts are among the most segregated in the state, with boundary lines historically drawn to consolidate resources. San Antonio ISD is working to create more socioeconomic and racial diversity through public school choice measures.
Andrea Lucas teaches at Lamar Elementary School. Bexar County's school districts are among the most segregated in the state, with boundary lines historically drawn to consolidate resources. San Antonio ISD is working to create more socioeconomic and racial diversity through public school choice measures.
At Steele Montessori Academy, a formerly closed campus,  Azeri’aha and Penelope Acuña hold hands and play during recess on April 26, 2018.
Bexar County's school districts are among the most segregated in the state, with boundary lines historically drawn to consolidate resources. San Antonio ISD is working to create more socioeconomic and racial diversity through public school choice measures.

Questions of equity

Maria Blanco walks her son, Sebastian Blanco, home from Sarah King Elementary School in San Antonio.
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The flip side of a fast push

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Ogden Elementary School in San Antonio. Bexar County's school districts are among the most segregated in the state, with boundary lines historically drawn to consolidate resources. San Antonio ISD is working to create more socioeconomic and racial diversity through public school choice measures.
Corina Pannabecker teaches first grade at Ogden Elementary in San Antonio. Bexar County's school districts are among the most segregated in the state, with boundary lines historically drawn to consolidate resources. San Antonio ISD is working to create more socioeconomic and racial diversity through public school choice measures.

A dream comes true

Isabel Nava teaches second and third grade ESL classes at Lamar Elementary School in San Antonio.
Brian Sparks is the principal at two San Antonio elementary schools, Bowden Elementary and Lamar Elementary School. On a recent day at Bowden, he checks in on one of the pre-kindergarten classes.

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