Compass Rose Academy information meeting on October 22

Compass Rose Academy is a new charter school that’s still on the drawing board, but has tremendous promise for underserved students in San Antonio. Founder Paul Morrissey is hosting a parent information meeting on Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m.… Continue Reading

CLOSED [Giveaway] A parent-activist reads Richard Whitmire's "On the Rocketship"

Richard Whitmire‘s new book, On the Rocketship, starts off right, with this dedication: To the true disruptors: Rocketship parents pressing for better middle schools and high schools. The author gave me a copy to give away to my readers. To… Continue Reading

[Event] KIPP Un Mundo Dual Language Academy to host First Friday Breakfast on April 4, 2014

Did you know that KIPP San Antonio offers dual-language education in elementary school? Learn more at the next First Friday Breakfast, which will be at KIPP Un Mundo Academy, 103 Tuleta Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78212 (map), from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on April 4,… Continue Reading

Mayor Juilán Castro hosted the San Antonio meeting of the Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour (MEET)

Mayor Juilán Castro recently hosted the San Antonio stop of the Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour (MEET), a partnership among the mayors of four major U.S. cities to highlight educational innovations. The Mayors’ Tour is a sign of good things to… Continue Reading

IDEA Public Schools: a growing success in San Antonio

IDEA Public Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in the Rio Grande Valley, but with a growing presence in San Antonio. IDEA Public Schools continues to earn recognition for its success in helping students graduate from high… Continue Reading

FAQ update: What is a charter school?

I recently updated my FAQ page. Here is an excerpt: “What is a charter school?” A charter school is a public school. It’s authorized directly by the state, not by a local school district. Students can cross district boundaries to… Continue Reading

A closer look at the KIPP middle school study showing big achievement gains

Last week, I wrote about a study that looked at dozens of KIPP middle schools and found the students were packing in months of extra learning each year. Earlier post; “New Report Finds KIPP Middle Schools Produce Significant Achievement Gains”, Mathematica… Continue Reading

Study: 3 to 4 years of KIPP equals 8 to 14 extra months of learning

Researchers found that after three to four years in a KIPP school, students’ academic growth equaled an extra eight to 14 months of learning, depending on the subject area. This was despite the fact that students tend to enter KIPP… Continue Reading