[Hall Monitor] Texas Commission on Public School Finance: The Road to Byzantium

[Hall Monitor] Texas School Finance Commission | San Antonio Charter Moms

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. On March 19, the Texas Commission on Public School Finance listened to ten hours of public testimony on . . . everything. The… Continue Reading

News from Generation 18 charter interviews, including Carpe Diem San Antonio

This week, the State Board of Education is interviewing new charter applicants (full list in this earlier post), including Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). The school is known in education circles for its “blended learning” model, which splits time between online instruction… Continue Reading

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

CSCOPE: What do parents need to know?

My primary mission is to help San Antonio parents find quality schools for their children. But sometimes I touch on another hot topic in education, such as standardized testing (earlier post) or the textbook wars (earlier post). The latest battleground… Continue Reading

Charter school bill SB2 conference report passes Texas House and Senate, goes to Governor Perry

At the time of my previous post, the charter school bill (SB2) was in the hands of the conference committee to work out a combined version. The conference version raises the charter cap over time and changes the processes for authorizing and closing charters,… Continue Reading

Closed door discussions on education reform bills SB2 (charter schools) and HB5 (standardized testing)

I mentioned earlier that the charter school bill—SB2—is in the hands of a conference committee. Reports from Austin say that both SB2 and HB5, a bill to modify standardized testing requirements, are both being negotiated among members of the House, Senate, and… Continue Reading

Charter school bill SB2 in the hands of the conference committee

As discussed in this earlier post, the charter school bill—SB2—passed the Texas House of Representatives last week. The House version is different from the Senate version, so now the bill will go to a conference committee to work out a compromise within a… Continue Reading

TV ad from Texans Deserve Great Schools explains need for raising charter cap

My other post this morning is about committee votes and other details as SB2, the charter school bill, moves through the legislative process. Bottom line, though, for Charter Moms and Charter Dads is raising the cap on the number of charter… 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

NYT on SB2: Sen. Dan Patrick’s education reform bill

Senate Bill 2, the centerpiece of Mr. Patrick’s plans for the session, is the most ambitious attempt to expand the state’s charter school system since it was established in 1995. . . . Mr. Patrick’s proposal would eliminate a law… Continue Reading