San Antonio parents welcome the first Great Hearts Academies campus in Texas, while Dallas waits

San Antonio families are flocking to enroll at the first Great Hearts campus in Texas. Meanwhile, families in North Texas will have to wait another year or more as a result of the State Board of Education‘s veto of Education Commissioner Michael Williams‘… Continue Reading

Charter applications granted, including Carpe Diem San Antonio and Redbud Montessori For All

Good news! San Antonio is getting two new charter schools, Carpe Diem San Antonio and Redbud Montessori For All. In September, the State Board of Education interviewed the Generation 18 charter applicants, as discussed in this earlier post. Education Commissioner… Continue Reading

Getting to know the Great Hearts leadership team at the Monte Vista open house

In April, when I visited Great Hearts Academies at their home base in Phoenix, Arizona (earlier post), school culture made a big impression on me. Great Hearts America CEO Dr. Daniel Scoggin and the entire management team are sincere when they say that… Continue Reading

Marisa B. Perez, State Board of Education, at Great Hearts Monte Vista open house

I want to recognize and thank Marisa B. Perez, member of the State Board of Eduction for District 3, for coming to the Great Hearts Texas open house at Temple Beth-El on October 29, 2013.

Marisa B. Perez and Ken Mercer discuss CSCOPE on Texas Week with Rick Casey

State Board of Education members Marisa B. Perez (D–San Antonio) and Ken Mercer (R–San Antonio) will be on KLRN’s Texas Week with Rick Casey tonight discussing CSCOPE. This email from Perez has more details about showtimes and channels; this earlier post has more information about… 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

Information about potential GED changes from Marisa B. Perez, SBOE Dist. 3

Marisa B. Perez, who represents District 3 (San Antonio & South Texas) on the Texas State Board of Education, recently shared a newsletter with information about potential changes to the high school equivalency program—the GED. The Committee on Instruction is meeting… Continue Reading

Turmoil on an elected school board: South San Antonio ISD

Good governance, and doing what’s right for the students, is a challenge for every school board, whether elected (as at traditional school districts) or appointed (as at charter schools in Texas). But it’s disturbing to read about the level of… Continue Reading

State Board of Education meeting soon: January 30-February 1

The State Board of Education will meet for the first time this year from January 30 to February 1, 2013. The agenda is online. One of the first pieces of business will be assigning members to committees—including the Committee on School… Continue Reading

Speculation about why Perez ran for SBOE: Payback?

Express-News columnist Gilbert Garcia shares speculation about why Marisa Perez ran for State Board of Education: The payback theory goes like this: [Leticia] Cantu-Cortez, the wife of newly elected state Rep. Phil Cortez, was bitter about her surprising 2011 District 4 City Council… Continue Reading