[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

When should the state step in to close underperforming charter schools?

This story broke just before the holiday break, when I unplugged for a bit, except for a few “Best-of” posts (here, here, and here), and a slideshow of holiday lights. But it’s worth picking up now because it poses this… Continue Reading

Parents, you can send your kids to charter schools and still be a good person

Parents, you can send your kids to charter schools and still be a good person. The same goes for parents who homeschool or send their kids to private schools. The responsible thing to do is to find the situation that… Continue Reading

Education Commissioner approves charter application from Carpe Diem San Antonio

As mentioned in this earlier post, Education Commissioner Michael Williams has approved a charter application from Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). Under the new process created by SB2, the State Board of Education could exercise a veto at its November meeting. “Public… Continue Reading

News from Generation 18 charter interviews, including Carpe Diem San Antonio

This week, the State Board of Education is interviewing new charter applicants (full list in this earlier post), including Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). The school is known in education circles for its “blended learning” model, which splits time between online instruction… Continue Reading

Charter school bill’s impact on Rocketship Education and other out-of-state networks of high-performing charter schools

A recent story from KUHF 88.7 FM Houston Public Radio praises Rocketship Education, noting “their schools have posted some of the best results for low-income kids in the entire state of California.” “What The New Charter School Bill Could Mean For… Continue Reading

Charter school bill, SB2, goes from Texas Senate to Texas House

There’s less than a month left in the current legislative session, and it’s time to check in on SB2, a bill that would make big changes to charter school laws in Texas, including raising the charter cap. This post is about the… Continue Reading

Charter school bill, SB2, moves from Education Committee to Texas Senate

I’ve been following the progress of SB2, a bill that would make big changes to charter school laws in Texas, including raising the charter cap. This post is about the bill’s introduction in February; this post is about Senator Dan Patrick‘s visit to IDEA Carver last Friday… Continue Reading

School finance litigation: district judge denies charter school claims

As mentioned earlier, last year the Texas Charter Schools Association joined the school finance litigation, challenging the lack of facilities funding for charter schools, and asking the court to lift the cap on the number of charter schools. The trial ended… Continue Reading

Charter schools at school finance trial: Why no state money for facilities? Charter cap?

The chief executive officer of a growing charter school with campuses in Austin testified Tuesday that a lack of state funding for buildings is forcing him to make stark decisions as his enrollment swells. Matt Abbott, CEO of Wayside Schools,… Continue Reading