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

Rethinking Cultural Competence at Great Hearts Monte Vista

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The Great Hearts Monte Vista community is in the process of rethinking cultural competence and racial sensitivity. The triggering event was a homework assignment about slavery in an 8th grade United States history class. The student’s father, justifiably outraged, shared… Continue Reading

Talking about education with Will Hurd, candidate for US Congress District 23

Last month, Will Hurd, who is running for Congress in District 23 (which includes western Bexar County and miles and miles of West Texas), met students from BASIS San Antonio at Choose to Succeed‘s quarterly convening of charter school leaders and community members. He was… Continue Reading

San Antonio parents welcome the first Great Hearts Academies campus in Texas, while Dallas waits

San Antonio families are flocking to enroll at the first Great Hearts campus in Texas. Meanwhile, families in North Texas will have to wait another year or more as a result of the State Board of Education‘s veto of Education Commissioner Michael Williams‘… 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

Temple Beth-El board to vote on Great Hearts lease at October 1 meeting

As mentioned in this earlier post, Great Hearts Texas is negotiating with Temple Beth-El, located at 211 Belknap Place in Monte Vista, for a 5-year lease to house the charter school’s first campus in San Antonio. The temple board will vote on the… Continue Reading

BASIS Tucson North outperformed the average of every country in the world in reading, math, and science

“BASIS Tucson North, a nonselective high school serving an economically modest middle-class student population in Arizona, outperformed the average of every country in the world in reading, math, and science,” the report said. . . . So what’s the secret… Continue Reading