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

Guide to SBOE 2013

If you’ve been following the charter application process for Great Hearts and BASIS (granted last week—hooray!), especially if you rode the bus to Austin, then you may have become sort of familiar with some of names and faces on the… Continue Reading

Education impact from 2012 election results

The 2012 general election is over; what was the impact on education? Locally, Mayor Julian Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA initiative passed. “Local voters decide to put their money on Pre-K 4 SA”, Josh Baugh & Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News,… Continue Reading

State Board of Education election coverage should discuss charter schools, not just culture wars

As I noted in this earlier post, media coverage of the State Board of Education tends to focus on their role in selecting textbooks. For example, a recent article in the Express-News quoted Ken Mercer, a Republican who represents District 5 (North… Continue Reading

State Board of Education candidates in El Paso, San Antonio keep a low profile

Campaign-watchers are still scratching their heads over two State Board of Education candidates, Marisa B. Perez of San Antonio (District 3) and Martha Dominguez of El Paso (District 1), who seem to be running invisible campaigns. Rick Casey’s “Last Word”… Continue Reading

Rumors about the short list for a new Texas Education Commissioner

Republican blogger Sonja Harris is calling on her readers to contact Governor Rick Perry to show support for Charlie Garza as the new Texas Education Commissioner. SBOE Member Charlie Garza Needs Our Help!, Sonja Harris, Texas GOP Vote blog, June… Continue Reading