Legacy Traditional School North West San Antonio parent information meeting on October 22

I created the San Antonio Charter Moms blog as a way to get the word out to parents about new charter schools coming to San Antonio. More than three years later, I am excited to share the news about another… Continue Reading

Catch a ride to the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015

Show your support at the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015. Families Empowered is coordinating free transportation, meals, and activities at the Texas State Capitol as part of National School Choice Week (January 25-31, 2015). In… Continue Reading

Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading

How it feels to be on a charter school waiting list

UPDATE: Great Hearts Monte Vista has added a second section of 9th grade (February 28, 2014) Last week, I went to the public lottery for Great Hearts Monte Vista. (Here’s my earlier post about pre-lottery stress.) What happened? Short version: F.T. drew… Continue Reading

"Don't dwell on it": Stressing about the lottery, and making backup plans

“I try not to dwell on it,” I said. “Yes, that’s probably for the best, don’t dwell on it.” That’s a conversation I had before the holidays, when I was visiting with a Great Hearts Texas staff member, and I… Continue Reading

How parents in Washington DC navigate school choice: Charter School Expo, mobile app, and more

Last Saturday, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board held the DC Charter School Expo. For many moms and dads staring down aisle upon aisle of booths — each representing a different school with a different curriculum, a different teaching… Continue Reading

Parent newsletter in Houston is a model of empowerment

Look what’s going on in Houston: Families Empowered has just published their December 2012 newsletter. The newsletter includes a summary of application deadlines for schools of choice, including Houston ISD magnets, YES Prep, and KIPP: Houston, and a link to… Continue Reading

Empower families with knowledge to choose the right school

Parents are highly motivated to find the right schools for their kids, but they need help to find reliable, useful information. The Houston Chronicle proclaims with pride that Houston is a leading city for school choice. But: The problem? Facing all… Continue Reading