Representing Our Charter School at the San Antonio MLK March

Representing Our Charter School at the San Antonio MLK March | San Antonio Charter Moms

  My family and I, plus four other families from Great Hearts Monte Vista, participated in the City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. March on January 15, 2018. It was a meaningful experience to go as a group… Continue Reading

US News: Texas’s top charter schools 2013

The US News & World Report high school rankings include these Texas charter schools: Westlake Academy (#6 Texas, #41 national) YES Prep North Central (Houston) (#7 Texas, #46 national) Uplift North Hills Preparatory (Irving) (#8 Texas, #51 national) IDEA Frontier (Brownsville) (#11 Texas,… Continue Reading

IDEA and Harmony make high tech plans for Race to the Top grant money

As mentioned earlier this week, IDEA Public Schools and Harmony Public Schools won Race to the Top grants from the U.S. Department of Education. A follow up story in the Express-News includes details about how the schools plan to use the grant money. “Schools spell out money plans”, Lindsay… Continue Reading

IDEA and Harmony win Race to the Top grants

IDEA Public Schools ($29 million) and Harmony Public Schools ($30 million) are among 16 district winners of Race to the Top grants from the U.S. Department of Education. News coverage: “IDEA Public Schools wins $29 million in the Race to the Top District Competition”, IDEA Public… Continue Reading

IDEA, Harmony among San Antonio’s Race to the Top finalists

As mentioned earlier, this summer the U.S. Department of Education expanded the Race to the Top grant program to accept applications not just from states (Texas declined to apply) but also from districts. Two charter management organizations with campuses in San… Continue Reading

School finance trial under way this week, including San Antonio charter school families

This week, the latest round of school finance litigation goes to trial in Austin. One thing that’s different about this trial, compared to the other trials over the past few decades, is that charter schools are represented. In addition to… Continue Reading

Local charter school systems apply for “Race to the Top”

Two charter school systems with San Antonio campuses, Harmony Public Schools and IDEA Public Schools, have applied to compete for funds from the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” program. “Local schools are poised to Race To The Top”, Francisco… Continue Reading

The fine print: charter school facilities funding in Texas

Yesterday’s post about Houston ISD bond election needs clarification. So, how do Texas charter schools raise money for facilities? Here is the fine print. For a summary, check the score card for Texas at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. No… Continue Reading

Texas GOP platform opposes “foreign culture charter schools”

From the 2012 platform of the Republican Party of Texas: Foreign Culture Charter Schools in Texas – We oppose public funding of charter schools which receive money from foreign entities. We demand that these Charter Schools have accountability and transparency… Continue Reading

San Antonio charter school families are named plaintiffs in school finance litigation

Last week, the Texas Charter Schools Association filed a petition challenging the Texas school finance system. Several of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are San Antonio residents: Abby Baerga attends the New Frontiers Charter School in San Antonio. Her father, Christopher Baerga is also a… Continue Reading