F.T. reviews "Spare Parts" movie: Arizona teenagers take on underwater robotics challenge

  Back in April 2005, my future brother-in-law passed me a copy of WIRED magazine with a cover story, La Vida Robot, about an unlikely set of underwater robotics engineers—Latino teenagers from a low-income high school in Phoenix—competing against elite universities in a NASA-sponsored contest.… Continue Reading

Senator John Cornyn addresses college-bound students at KIPP University Prep

United States Senator John Cornyn (who is running for re-election this year) visited KIPP University Prep on Friday afternoon to talk to the students.

[Gallery] School Choice Week whistle stop at Sunset Station in San Antonio

Last week, the National School Choice Week  whistle-stop tour visited Sunset Station in San Antonio for a rally that brought together groups representing many forms of school choice: charter schools, private schools, Catholic schools, virtual schools, homeschoolers, and more. There was… Continue Reading

[Sponsored] InspireU mentoring program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas (BBBSST). I was compensated to participate but all opinions are mine. Big ideas are powerful. But ideas spread one person at a time. Are you ready to… Continue Reading

[Video] BASIS San Antonio volunteers at the San Antonio Food Bank

The weekend before Thanksgiving, a group of BASIS San Antonio students, faculty, staff, and families volunteered to sort food at the San Antonio Food Bank. BASIS San Antonio Head of School Tiffany O’Neill says, “It’s really important that our kids… Continue Reading

[Gallery] KIPP San Antonio 1st Annual March to College on November 1, 2013

“But I’m not ready for college!” That’s what F.T., my six-year-old son, said out loud. But some of the high school seniors were probably thinking it to themselves. F.T. asked why we were walking to the post office. I explained… Continue Reading

Love football and charter schools? Watch Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt present a gift to KIPP: Houston

Is your household, like mine, so football-obsessed that even the early-preseason Hall of Fame Game (August 4, 2013, in case you’re keeping track) is noted on the calendar? San Antonio has traditionally been a Dallas Cowboys market, but the Houston… Continue Reading

College Signing Day 2013 at IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley

“College for All Children” is the IDEA Public Schools motto. In May 2013, at College Signing Day, seniors from six IDEA high schools in the Rio Grande Valley signed letters and held up signs to announce their choice of college. “IDEA… Continue Reading

TV ad from Texans Deserve Great Schools explains need for raising charter cap

My other post this morning is about committee votes and other details as SB2, the charter school bill, moves through the legislative process. Bottom line, though, for Charter Moms and Charter Dads is raising the cap on the number of charter… Continue Reading