Debate: What if every Texas school got a letter grade rating, A through F?

Parents, would you find it helpful if every school in Texas got a letter grade, A-F? Do letter grade ratings give parents a useful yardstick for quality? Or, do they oversimplify and obscure the differences among schools? Please leave a… Continue Reading

Five San Antonio charter schools tagged “improvement required” under new state accountability ratings

The Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of accountability ratings for Texas school districts and campuses. This is the first set of ratings based on STAAR standardized testing data. (See this earlier post for a discussion of previous ratings.)… Continue Reading

Montessori For All wins $100k grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges

Back in February, when I visited an information session for Montessori For All, I was impressed by their unique model: Montessori education at a free, public charter school. (Read more in this earlier post.) Both Austin and San Antonio have thriving… 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

Education Commissioner Williams speaks at charter schools conference about advocacy

Education Commissioner Michael Williams spoke at the Texas Charter Schools Association Conference this week. “Texas education commissioner urges charter schools to tout work to legislators”, Kelley Shannon, Dallas Morning News, December 4, 2012. Williams advised charter schools about the coming… Continue Reading

New Education Commissioner Williams asks for waiver from “No Child Left Behind”

Newly-appointed Education Commissioner Michael Williams is seeking a waiver from “No Child Left Behind.” “Texas to seek relief from No Child provisions”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, September 7, 2012; “In Surprise Move, Texas to Apply for NCLB Waiver”, Michele McNeil,… Continue Reading

Michael Williams appointed Education Commissioner

Some of the rumors were true: Michael Williams will succeed Robert Scott as Education Commissioner. “Perry names first black education commissioner”, Gary Scharrer, San Antonio Express-News, August 27, 2012. Williams is known for supporting charter schools and school vouchers. “Michael Williams to Head Texas… Continue Reading