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

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

San Antonio ISD’s District-Charter Partnership with Democracy Prep at Stewart Elementary

San Antonio ISD Considering a District-Charter Partnership with Democracy Prep at Stewart Elementary | San Antonio Charter Moms

“URGENT ACTION ALERT,” the headline said. “CHARTER INVASION OF SAISD.” On the contrary, it’s not a charter invasion—it’s a charter rescue mission, and it’s a great opportunity for students. San Antonio ISD wants to partner with Democracy Prep Public Schools, a… Continue Reading

San Antonio Botanical Garden Opens New Areas to Visitors

Edible nasturtium flower in the culinary garden at the expanded San Antonio Botanical Garden | San Antonio Charter Moms

Beginning Saturday, October 21, 2017, San Antonio families will be able to enjoy new areas of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Work has been underway for an eight-acre expansion that includes a new entrance, a welcome center, an expanded gift… Continue Reading

Carpe Diem Westwood in Year Three: Rebuilding Personalized Learning

Carpe Diem Westwood in Year Three: Rebuilding Personalized Learning | San Antonio Charter Moms

Note: Letter to Parents and Families, dated March 2, 2018 Carpe Diem Innovative School—Westwood is in its third year of operation as a public charter school in southwestern San Antonio. After a rough start, it is rebuilding its personalized learning… Continue Reading

Amanda Ripley talks about "The Smartest Kids in the World" with supporters of the DoSeum

The DoSeum Outside the Lunchbox luncheon at the Tobin Center | San Antonio Charter Moms

Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way, took the stage at the Tobin Center on September 10 to speak with supporters of the DoSeum, San Antonio’s children’s museum, at the annual… Continue Reading

Groundbreaking ceremony at Carpe Diem Westwood in San Antonio

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Carpe Diem Innovative Schools—San Antonio hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at its Carpe Diem Westwood campus, its first in Texas. Future students and families gathered with school leaders and philanthropists under a white tent pitched on a flat,… Continue Reading

Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading

BASIS San Antonio North groundbreaking welcomes a second campus offering world-class education

On a picture-perfect spring day, parents and future students celebrated at Saturday’s groundbreaking ceremony for BASIS San Antonio North. The new campus will serve grades 5-8 starting in August 2014 at 318 E. Ramsey Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78216 (map), near the… Continue Reading