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IDEA Public Schools Welcomes Nearly 36,000 Students throughout Texas on the First Day of School

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San Antonio, TEXAS (August 14, 2017) – Today, IDEA Public Schools kicked off its 17th school year across Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio. Over 4,000 employees welcomed back 36,000 students for the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

This year, IDEA Public Schools opened five new campuses: IDEA Rio Grande City and IDEA Tres Lagos in Rio Grande City and McAllen, and IDEA Brackenridge, IDEA Ewing Halsell, and IDEA Harvey E. Najim in San Antonio. Collectively, these schools will serve nearly 8,300 students when they serve students in grades Pre-K to 12 by 2024.

Over the last 17 years, IDEA has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. From Pre-K – 12th grade, IDEA Public Schools is focused on sending 100% of students to college. For the last 11 years, 100% of IDEA graduates have been accepted to college.

Today, 2,600 IDEA students are starting their first day in Pre-K. IDEA’s Pre-K program teaches the foundational skills every student needs. As IDEA Academy students persist each year, they are exposed to a combination of intimate, individualized instruction, and web-based, support from the nation’s leading educational technologies and software. Last year, IDEA had nearly 3,000 academy students qualify as Royal Readers for reading more than 1 million words.

Through IDEA’s AP For All initiative, every IDEA college preparatory student is required to take at least 11 AP courses as part of their core coursework. This strategy provides equity of access to rigorous and challenging coursework for all students. Not only does the coursework help prepare students for college, it allows them the opportunity to earn college credit before ever stepping foot onto a college campus.

“We take pride in the fact that as we continue to grow to serve more students in San Antonio, our results continue to get better year after year,” said Rolando Posada, executive director of IDEA San Antonio. “Everyone, from our school leaders and teachers to campus operations staff, are committed to sending 100% of our students to and through college, and we are looking forward to another great year ahead.”

IDEA is home to six of the best high schools in Texas and the nation, according to US News and World Report and the Washington Post and the demand for IDEA schools in new communities continues to grow.

To learn more about IDEA Public Schools, contact Kisella Cardenas at kisella.cardenas@ideapublicschools.org, or (956) 998-9120.

 

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About IDEA Public Schools

IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. Currently, the network serves nearly 36,000 college-bound students in 61 schools across three Texas regions. Additionally, IDEA boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.

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Episode 76 | Avraham Azrieli Author of the Book “Deborah Calling” (HarperCollins, 2017)

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Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast Special Edition is Avraham Azrieli

The Book: “Deborah Calling” (HarperCollins, 2017)

Description: “Deborah Calling” is the second novel in the “Deborah Rising” series, an inspiring historical adventure about the first woman to lead a nation in human history. (Cover image provided separately)

In the tradition of The Red Tent, The Fifth Mountain, and The Alchemist, this absorbing novel delivers an inspiring story of suspense and adventure in pursuit of freedom and self-determination, starring a courageous young woman on her way to becoming the most powerful female leader in the ancient world.

Initial reviews: “A stunning historical epic journey.” Urban Lit Magazine. “A perfect read for Bible and history enthusiasts. Riveting!” US Review of Books. “Deborah, for all the tragedies she has endured, continues to survive while never losing faith. A seductive saga-peopled with a fascinating array of characters.” Bookpleasures. “This enthralling story gives the reader an amazing insight into what life was really like for women at a fascinating time in history. I found this book absolutely absorbing and highly recommend it.” The English Informer. “Believable and engrossing–chronicling the life of one of the Bible’s and history’s greatest women. Captivating!” Pacific Book Review. “The story of this young woman has moved me emotionally, spiritually, and has inspired me. Highly Intriguing.” Hollywood Book Reviews.

Author Bio: Avraham is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the author of twelve books, including The Masada Complex (a political thriller), The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin (spy novels involving Israel), Christmas for Joshua (a family drama dealing with interfaith conflicts), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism) and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). He also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash (a guide to dealing with lawyers) and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (a WWII biography, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing).

Avraham grew up in Israel, where he received extensive Talmudic education, served as an intelligence officer and, after attending law school, clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Residing primarily in the United States since 1990, he currently lives near Washington DC with his wife and children.

Email: avraham@azrielibooks.com
Website: www.azrielibooks.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/AvrahamAzrieli
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvrahamAzrieli
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avraham-azrieli-33248838

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Episode 75 | Isaac Belden Founder of 12B Capital

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Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast Special Edition is Isaac Belden Founder of 12B Capital!

About 12B Capital:

Our Roots: It All Starts with Service
12B Capital is a Veteran owned and operated company based in Boise, Idaho. The 12B in our name was inspired by the founder’s MOS while serving in the United States Army. His 12 years of service helped shape our core values.

I have a client first mentality and believe in forming long-term business relationships built on trust. I want to provide you with an experience that will keep you with 12B Capital for as long as you’re in business! We offer a range of solutions for businesses, all designed to help your company reach its potential. Whether you’re looking for working capital or just a way to accept payment, we have you covered. We work closely with each business owner to ensure they are provided with exactly what they need both quickly and at a reasonable cost. I take each relationship very seriously and encourage anyone to contact me directly at any time if they are not satisfied with their level of service.

Isaac Belden, Founder.

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Episode 74 | Judge Joey Contreras

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Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast is Judge Joey Contreras!

Bio

A Lifetime of Service

Joey Contreras, who left his mark prosecuting racketeering cases against the Texas Mexican Mafia and the Texas Syndicate, was promoted to head the major crimes unit. The unit prosecutes gun and violent crimes, immigration offenses, child exploitations and pornography crimes. Major crimes includes the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which prosecutes major drug and money-laundering rings.
Experience.

Federal prosecutor from 2000 to 2017. Was Gang Coordinator for San Antonio and the Western District of Texas responsible for investigating and prosecuting all major gangs, and Chief of the Major Crimes Unit.

State prosecutor from 1988-2000. Chief of the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office

Successfully prosecuted dozens of murder and capital murder cases, thousands of sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and burglary cases, obtained death sentences against four murderers.
Education.

Cornell University, Bachelor of Science Degree 1985. Recipient of numerous awards for leadership and academic success.

University of Texas School of Law 1988. Honors in Advanced Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Constitutional Law.

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