March 2014 primary election: How will it affect education in San Antonio?

The results are (mostly) in from the March 2014 primary election. Here is a summary of races that may impact education policy in Texas, Bexar County, and San Antonio. Several races are headed for a runoff election on May 27, 2014.… Continue Reading

Achievement School District SB1718 scheduled for Tuesday vote; please call Reps. Villarreal and Rodriguez

What is the legislature doing this session to improve education? This blog has covered SB2, the charter school bill, which passed the House last week (earlier post), and HB2976, the parent trigger bill (earlier post). Another policy that would improve… Continue Reading

Ramiro Mojarro calls on Hispanic community to support HB 2976 parent trigger bill

This is Ramiro Mojarro. He’s the president of the Clubs de Zacatecas de San Antonio and an education reform advocate. He wrote a recent op-ed in La Prensa that I proudly co-signed. “The Need for Parent Trigger: 6 Years of Failing Schools… Continue Reading

House Public Education Committee hearing on April 30 to consider HB 2976 parent trigger bill

There is still time to call Reps. Mike Villarreal and Justin Rodriguez to express your support for HB 2976, the parent trigger bill. Here’s my earlier post with tips on how to call, including phone numbers and a script. And, even better, Colleen Pence at San… Continue Reading

Call Reps Villarreal and Rodriguez this week to support HB 2976 parent trigger bill

Have you heard about HB 2976, the parent trigger bill? Or maybe you saw the movie “Won’t Back Down”—here’s my review. There are way too many failing schools in Texas. Under the current law, if a school is failing, the… Continue Reading

School finance: add money? or reform the system?

A recent article in Plaza de Armas, commenting on the district court’s decision in the school finance trial (earlier post), notes that two San Antonio-area representatives on the Public Education committee, Rep. Mike Villarreal (D) and Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D),… Continue Reading

A push for school choice and vouchers in the 2013 legislature

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the outspoken voice of the far right in the Senate, said he will be pushing vouchers that parents of school-age children could use for charter schools, online offerings or additional alternatives to the public schools.… Continue Reading