“Recaptured & Redirected”: A Panel Discussion on Public School Finance

State and local governments collect taxes and allocate money for public education—but is enough money being spent on public schools, and what is the impact of public charter schools? A panel of experts discussed these issues on Monday, August 6,… Continue Reading

Thoughts From an Education Reform Advocate on Attending a Screening of “Backpack Full of Cash” at the NAACP Convention in San Antonio

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I’m an education reform advocate who recently attended a screening of Backpack Full of Cash at the NAACP Convention. The documentary didn’t change my mind about supporting parent choice, especially high quality public charter schools. Nevertheless, I’m glad I went… Continue Reading

Opening Young Eyes to “Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Paintings” at the San Antonio Museum of Art

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My daughter, G.N., was worried about being bored at the San Antonio Museum of Art. We were on our way to see Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Paintings from the Museums of Madrid, at the museum through September 16, 2018.… Continue Reading

Tips for Taking Your Family to the McNay Art Museum to See “Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations”

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The definition of immerse is “to plunge into something that surrounds or covers.” That is a good description of  Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations, the new exhibit at the McNay Art Museum. Each room by a different artist is… Continue Reading

“Predators vs. Prey” at the Witte Museum Focuses on Dinosaurs in Texas

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“Predators vs. Prey: Dinosaurs in the Land Before Texas” is at the Witte Museum through September 3, 2018. Consistent with the Witte Museum’s mission of presenting the deep history of Texas, the dinosaurs featured in the exhibit once inhabited the… Continue Reading

SAISD’s Big Picture: Superintendent Pedro Martinez and the System of Great Schools Model

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In 2011, my family moved out of San Antonio ISD in search of the right schools for our children; this 2012 post at the Rivard Report captured our situation at the time. In 2018, the landscape is different. Families now… Continue Reading

Parents for Pedro: Why Parents in San Antonio ISD Should Support Superintendent Pedro Martinez

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The headlines coming out of San Antonio ISD lately have been alarming: “Teacher Layoffs,” “Making Cuts to Teaching Staff,” and more. Superintendent Pedro Martinez is facing strong criticism. But I want to assure families and people who care about the long-term success… Continue Reading

Rethinking Cultural Competence at Great Hearts Monte Vista

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The Great Hearts Monte Vista community is in the process of rethinking cultural competence and racial sensitivity. The triggering event was a homework assignment about slavery in an 8th grade United States history class. The student’s father, justifiably outraged, shared… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] Stewart Welcomes Democracy Prep to the Neighborhood with Lots of Questions

[Hall Monitor] Stewart Welcomes Democracy Prep to the Neighborhood with Lots of Questions | San Antonio Charter Moms

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. When a new charter school operator comes to town, it’s common practice to host an informational event. Interested parents, charter advocates, and plenty… Continue Reading