UTSA hosts community summit on strengthening education from birth to career

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Top photo: UTSA President Ricardo Romo (left) with Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and a summit official
Bottom photo: Summit participants in brainstorming session
>> Read a Sept. 16, 2010, San Antonio Express-News story on the education summit, "Mayor says the city must do better on education"

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(Sept. 29, 2010)--If results from a recent dialogue at The University of Texas at San Antonio are any indication, the future of education in the city and region has promise.

More than 100 students, parents, community leaders and members of nonprofit, business and civic organizations gathered for a two-day brainstorming session to address the issues of education. Participants focused on ways to make a seamless education system that will benefit students from preschool to college and curb the area's excessive dropout rate, which is estimated at four out of every 10 students.

The two-day conversation, "Community Conversation on Strengthening Education from Birth through College and Career," was conducted at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event was hosted by the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the National League of Cities, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and UTSA.

The candid and open dialogue included brainstorming sessions focusing on the area's past and present educational accomplishments and problems, and concluded with a vision for future success including how to address technology in the classrooms, continue operations in the midst of funding cuts, and create better transitions between levels of educational attainment.