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Texas has failed to close educational gaps for kids of color. In Edgewood ISD, the fallout has lasted generations.

Edgewood ISD has faced consistent problems in preparing its students for college and the workforce. The district's struggles shine a light on Texas’ long record of neglecting schools that educate mostly students of color.

Carlos Lopez is a freshman at The University of Texas studying Biochemistry, while also holding down a part time job at HEB. He graduated high school from John F. Kennedy,  a small school on the west side of San Antonio and feels unprepared for what he has experienced at UT. He studies at the Student Academic Center on campus, December 7, 2018. Although he feels his public education underprepared him for UT and an advisor suggested changing his major, he does not want to give up.


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

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Diana Herrera in San Antonio on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2018.

Insults and low expectations

“Nobody cared”


Putting a problem in focus

University of Texas freshman, Analisa Leyva, is an Edgewood ISD graduate  (John F. Kennedy High School) and chose not to pursue Engineering because she did not feel her education prepared her.

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