Generation 17 charter applicants: Where are they now?

In November 2012, the Texas State Board of Education granted Generation 17 charters to eight applicants. (Read more in this earlier post.) Where are they now? BASIS San Antonio is building its first campus in the Medical Center area in Fall 2013 (earlier post)… Continue Reading

Leadership SAISD accepting applications for the Class of 2014

My goals for this blog are to educate parents about their education options and develop a group of parent-advocates to improve education in San Antonio. Leadership SAISD has a parallel mission; it’s an independent nonprofit organization that is working to cultivate… Continue Reading

Bexar County school district consolidation bill (HB2542) failed, but expect Rep. Roland Gutierrez to keep trying

UPDATE: SB2, the charter school bill, includes a provision for studying Bexar County school district consolidation. “Consolidation bill will force key debate”, San Antonio Express-News, June 15, 2013 (at mysanantonio.com). As mentioned earlier, state Rep. Roland Gutierrez (campaign site) filed a bill, HB… Continue Reading

Bexar County school district consolidation is worth studying

District 119 Representative Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) recently filed HB 2542, relating to a study of the effects of school district consolidation in Bexar County. “Bill calls for study of Bexar school district consolidation”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, March 6, 2013.… Continue Reading

Learn about what makes Bonham Academy special in this Rivard Report article

Imagine: an inner city public school with a waiting list of anxious parents who live outside the school’s geographic boundaries, but want their young child to start school here. Bonham Academy is an in-district charter in the San Antonio Independent… Continue Reading

No consensus on how to spend bond money to upgrade Bonham Academy

Parents, historic preservationists, and school officials still have not reached a consensus about how to spend bond money to improve Bonham Academy, an in-district charter in the King William historic district. “Standoff continues on Bonham Academy renovation options”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, January… 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

An architect reflects on SAISD’s Bonham Academy expansion plans

Bonham Academy is a school in a quickly developing, revitalized, dense urban area. Urban schools are not like other schools that often find cookie-cutter solutions workable. This bond project has become a real test of the capability of SAISD to… Continue Reading

Charter applications granted; more details in San Antonio Express-News

Leaders of both organizations [BASIS and Great Hearts] said they will begin searching for faculty and campus locations immediately. “Tomorrow we start that process,” said Great Hearts Texas President Peter Bezanson. “Charter schools advance”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, November… Continue Reading

Education options for families living downtown

Downtown San Antonio has lots of cultural attractions that appeal to families: the San Antonio Children’s Museum on Houston Street, the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Magik Theatre in Hemisfair, Main Plaza, and the Central Library, to name a few. An article… Continue Reading