San Antonio parents: Do you feel like you have “plenty of options” for schools?

San Antonio parents who aren’t satisfied with their neighborhood public school have plenty of options. “Education options abound”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, August 7, 2013. San Antonio parents: Do you feel like you have “plenty of options”? I don’t.… Continue Reading

Generation 17 charter applicants: Where are they now?

In November 2012, the Texas State Board of Education granted Generation 17 charters to eight applicants. (Read more in this earlier post.) Where are they now? BASIS San Antonio is building its first campus in the Medical Center area in Fall 2013 (earlier post)… Continue Reading

Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy charter school opening in San Antonio in August 2013

Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy will be the first Hebrew language charter school in Texas when it opens in San Antonio in August 2013. (Learn about others in the U.S. in this earlier post.) The charter school will take over… Continue Reading

Ben Yehuda Academy in San Antonio is part of a national Hebrew charter school trend

Hebrew language immersion is, well, sort of niche. But last year, when BASIS and Great Hearts were applying for their charters, I watched Ben Yehuda Academy applying for their charter (their interview was right after Great Hearts), and I was… Continue Reading

Charter applications granted; more details in San Antonio Express-News

Leaders of both organizations [BASIS and Great Hearts] said they will begin searching for faculty and campus locations immediately. “Tomorrow we start that process,” said Great Hearts Texas President Peter Bezanson. “Charter schools advance”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, November… Continue Reading

BASIS, Great Hearts among Generation 17 charter applications approved

The State Board of Education granted these Generation 17 charter applications today: BASIS (San Antonio) Pro-Vision Academy (Houston) C.O.R.E. Academy (Houston) Village Tech Schools (Duncanville/Dallas) International Leadership of Texas (Dallas) Great Hearts Academy (San Antonio) Dallas Scholars Charter School Ben Yehuda Academy (San Antonio) The… Continue Reading

Nine charter school applications go to the full board today

After two days of committee meetings, the full State Board of Education meets today to take care of business—including the remaining “Generation 17” charter school applications. These nine applicants made it out of the Committee on School Initiatives on Wednesday:… Continue Reading

Choose to Succeed and its supporters

A group of supporters gathered on October 17 in the Coates Chapel at the Southwest School of Art to launch Choose to Succeed, a movement to dramatically expand the community of high performing charter schools in San Antonio by growing the… Continue Reading

Great Hearts, BASIS, and Ben Yehuda: pending charter applications for San Antonio

As mentioned earlier, the State Board of Education is currently reviewing the latest group of charter applications, including three schools with plans for San Antonio: Great Hearts, BASIS, and Ben Yehuda Academy. The Express-News sent education reporter Lindsay Kastner to… Continue Reading

Generation 17 charter school applications under review at TEA

Of all the “Generation 17” charter school applications received by the Texas Education Agency, only these are still “Under Review”: ACE (A Choice for Excellence) Charter School. Sponsored by Palm Tree Academy, a private school at the Islamic Center of El Paso… Continue Reading