Marisa B. Perez and Ken Mercer discuss CSCOPE on Texas Week with Rick Casey

State Board of Education members Marisa B. Perez (D–San Antonio) and Ken Mercer (R–San Antonio) will be on KLRN’s Texas Week with Rick Casey tonight discussing CSCOPE. This email from Perez has more details about showtimes and channels; this earlier post has more information about… Continue Reading

CSCOPE: What do parents need to know?

My primary mission is to help San Antonio parents find quality schools for their children. But sometimes I touch on another hot topic in education, such as standardized testing (earlier post) or the textbook wars (earlier post). The latest battleground… Continue Reading

Speculation about why Perez ran for SBOE: Payback?

Express-News columnist Gilbert Garcia shares speculation about why Marisa Perez ran for State Board of Education: The payback theory goes like this: [Leticia] Cantu-Cortez, the wife of newly elected state Rep. Phil Cortez, was bitter about her surprising 2011 District 4 City Council… Continue Reading

Guide to SBOE 2013

If you’ve been following the charter application process for Great Hearts and BASIS (granted last week—hooray!), especially if you rode the bus to Austin, then you may have become sort of familiar with some of names and faces on the… Continue Reading

Express-News endorsements for State Board of Education general election

The San Antonio Express-News editorial board recently published its endorsements for the two San Antonio-area seats on the State Board of Education. “Incumbent SBOE member must go”, San Antonio Express-News, October 16, 2012. No endorsement for District 3 (South Side and… Continue Reading

State Board of Education election coverage should discuss charter schools, not just culture wars

As I noted in this earlier post, media coverage of the State Board of Education tends to focus on their role in selecting textbooks. For example, a recent article in the Express-News quoted Ken Mercer, a Republican who represents District 5 (North… Continue Reading

State Board of Education primary runoffs (election tomorrow — July 31)

What effect will the 2012 elections have on the textbook wars? The size of the social conservative block will probably be decided during tomorrow’s runoff primary. “3 runoffs set in Texas Board of Education races”, Jamie Stengle, Austin American-Statesman, July 25,… Continue Reading