Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading

"Don't dwell on it": Stressing about the lottery, and making backup plans

“I try not to dwell on it,” I said. “Yes, that’s probably for the best, don’t dwell on it.” That’s a conversation I had before the holidays, when I was visiting with a Great Hearts Texas staff member, and I… 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

School board elections 2013: San Antonio ISD District 4

This earlier post has a summary of this year’s races for the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees. District 4, an area south of downtown, including Burbank High School (known for its Agricultural Science magnet program), has the most divided race. “Four vie… 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

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

“Bring it on” says SAISD supt to charter schools

At a Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce meeting last month, four area superintendents talked about education budget cuts, standardized testing, and school choice. Sylvester Perez, interim superintendent of SAISD, which has seen increasing competition for students by charter schools,… Continue Reading

School photos: Travis Early College High School

Street view of Travis Early College High School, a specialized school in the San Antonio Independent School District. It’s located on Main Avenue near the Monte Vista and Tobin Hill neighborhoods; it’s also very close to the campus of San Antonio College. More data at the… Continue Reading

Praise for New York’s Success Academies in Wall Street Journal

An opinion piece by Joel Klein praises the recent test results from Success Academies in New York City. Joel Klein, “New York’s Charter Schools Get an A+”, Joel Klein, Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2012. Klein argues that it’s time to… Continue Reading