Rising star Rey Saldaña talked to me about teaming up with KIPP San Antonio, a group of high-performing charter schools in San Antonio, to attack poverty and improve education. Talking to Saldaña made me feel old, but that’s OK, because I’m glad that he has so much energy and so many good ideas.
District 4 elected Saldaña to the San Antonio City Council in 2011. (Here is Saldaña’s campaign site; here is an earlier post mentioning his 2013 reelection.) He grew up on the South Side, graduated from South San Antonio High School, and earned degrees from Stanford, including a master’s degree in education policy. Saldaña has served on the board of KIPP San Antonio since 2013, and recently joined the central office staff as Chief Engagement Officer.
On a recent afternoon, Saldaña met my kids and me at the Pearl to talk about his expanded role at KIPP. My goal was to interview him, but he was curious about what I am doing (blogging, homeschooling, etc.), so I did about half of the talking. Continue reading