Civic engagement: Getting re-connected with state and local politics

There’s an election going on now in San Antonio. Yes, really! Early voting happened last week, and election day is tomorrow, January 6, 2015. Voter turnout is likely to be in the single digits. Sigh. Elections matter. What will it… Continue Reading

March 2014 primary election: How will it affect education in San Antonio?

The results are (mostly) in from the March 2014 primary election. Here is a summary of races that may impact education policy in Texas, Bexar County, and San Antonio. Several races are headed for a runoff election on May 27, 2014.… Continue Reading

[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

Charter school bill SB2 in the hands of the conference committee

As discussed in this earlier post, the charter school bill—SB2—passed the Texas House of Representatives last week. The House version is different from the Senate version, so now the bill will go to a conference committee to work out a compromise within a… Continue Reading

Senator Donna Campbell opens her San Antonio district office

Surrounded by family and friends, Dr. Donna Campbell greeted supporters at the opening of her district office in San Antonio yesterday morning. (She opened her New Braunfels office, a first for District 25, in the afternoon.) Pastor John Hagee led a prayer for… Continue Reading

School finance: add money? or reform the system?

A recent article in Plaza de Armas, commenting on the district court’s decision in the school finance trial (earlier post), notes that two San Antonio-area representatives on the Public Education committee, Rep. Mike Villarreal (D) and Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D),… Continue Reading

Preview of public education: Rep. Mike Villarreal and Sen. Donna Campbell at Texas Tribune Hot Seat

On December 7, I sat in on Texas Tribune‘s Hot Seat event at Trinity University, featuring state Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) and state Sen. Dr. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). The first half of the video is a conversation about… Continue Reading

Education impact from 2012 election results

The 2012 general election is over; what was the impact on education? Locally, Mayor Julian Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA initiative passed. “Local voters decide to put their money on Pre-K 4 SA”, Josh Baugh & Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News,… Continue Reading

Early voting begins today

Today, October 22, is the first day of early voting. Go to the Bexar County Elections website to find early voting locations, hours of operation, and sample ballots. These local races are the most likely to have an impact on education issues… Continue Reading