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Superintendent Pedro Martinez talks SAISD’s future at State of the District

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce collaborated with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) Foundation to present SAISD State of the District on February 22.

A crowd of more than 300 of San Antonio’s civic, business, and educational leaders were on hand at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center to hear from SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez, who gave the audience an update on the bold plan he laid out for SAISD in 2016 to make it a model urban school district for our country.

Since joining SAISD as its superintendent in 2015, Martinez has focused on improving the academic performance of students and preparing them for college. During his speech, he emphasized that it is now projected that 65% of jobs in the job market will require some post-secondary training or education in the near future. SAISD’s renewed focus on preparing students for college is already yielding positive results.

“When they see children that can do it, they say, ‘Hey, if she can go to Stanford, maybe I can try,’” Martinez said about how infectious the desire to attend college can be for students when their peers get accepted. “Imagine when our top students get into the top colleges and the message it sends to everyone,” he added.

“Last year, we were able to increase the number of students that got into tier-one Universities from three to five percent. We’ve doubled down on that. Right now, more than three-fourths of our children are applying to college, almost nine out of ten are applying to at least one four-year University. At least half of our students are applying to tier-one Universities across the country,” t Martinez said, as the audience erupted in applause for this significant achievement.

Superintendent Martinez closed the SAISD State of the District with a Q&A session and a teaser for a new initiative called “Principal for a day” which will debut in SAISD schools this fall.

“I want community members to shadow our principals for half a day, I want you to see what it is to be a principal,” Martinez said. “I want you to understand the work, so we’re going to open up our buildings to the community. We will be empowering parents in a way that has never been done before.”

Watch the entire presentation, here.

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