Comments on Education: One on One with Senator José Menéndez and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Comments on Education: One on One with Senator José Menéndez and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | San Antonio Charter Moms

Education was a hot topic at One on One with Senator José Menéndez, a luncheon event hosted by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Westin Riverwalk on September 19, 2017. Ramiro Cavazos, President and CEO of the Hispanic… 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

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 As mentioned earlier, state Rep. Roland Gutierrez (campaign site) filed a bill, HB… Continue Reading

Senator Donna Campbell opens her San Antonio district office

Surrounded by family and friends, Dr. Donna Campbell greeted supporters at the opening of her district office in San Antonio yesterday morning. (She opened her New Braunfels office, a first for District 25, in the afternoon.) Pastor John Hagee led a prayer for… 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

WSJ: Massachusetts considers raising cap on charter schools

Two Democratic legislators in Massachusetts have proposed legislation that “would abolish all caps on charter schools and charter-school spending in 29 low-performing school districts, including Boston.” “New Front in Charter Schools”, Jennifer Levitz, Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2013. In Texas,… Continue Reading

School finance litigation: district judge denies charter school claims

As mentioned earlier, last year the Texas Charter Schools Association joined the school finance litigation, challenging the lack of facilities funding for charter schools, and asking the court to lift the cap on the number of charter schools. The trial ended… Continue Reading

Texans Deserve Great Schools calls for giving parents more high performing school options

This morning, I went to Austin to learn more about Texans Deserve Great Schools, an initiative to bring together lots of great ideas about education reform and put it all to work to make Texas schools better. The part I… Continue Reading

Preview of public education: Rep. Mike Villarreal and Sen. Donna Campbell at Texas Tribune Hot Seat

On December 7, I sat in on Texas Tribune‘s Hot Seat event at Trinity University, featuring state Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) and state Sen. Dr. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). The first half of the video is a conversation about… Continue Reading

Education Commissioner Williams speaks at charter schools conference about advocacy

Education Commissioner Michael Williams spoke at the Texas Charter Schools Association Conference this week. “Texas education commissioner urges charter schools to tout work to legislators”, Kelley Shannon, Dallas Morning News, December 4, 2012. Williams advised charter schools about the coming… Continue Reading