CLOSED [Giveaway] A parent-activist reads Richard Whitmire's "On the Rocketship"

Richard Whitmire‘s new book, On the Rocketship, starts off right, with this dedication: To the true disruptors: Rocketship parents pressing for better middle schools and high schools. The author gave me a copy to give away to my readers. To… Continue Reading

Mayor Juilán Castro hosted the San Antonio meeting of the Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour (MEET)

Mayor Juilán Castro recently hosted the San Antonio stop of the Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour (MEET), a partnership among the mayors of four major U.S. cities to highlight educational innovations. The Mayors’ Tour is a sign of good things to… Continue Reading

[Gallery] School Choice Week whistle stop at Sunset Station in San Antonio

Last week, the National School Choice Week  whistle-stop tour visited Sunset Station in San Antonio for a rally that brought together groups representing many forms of school choice: charter schools, private schools, Catholic schools, virtual schools, homeschoolers, and more. There was… Continue Reading

[Gallery] KIPP Un Mundo tour; KIPP San Antonio hosts education roundtable with Greg Abbott

Earlier this month, I went to a  First Friday Breakfast at KIPP Un Mundo Academy; read more details about the event in this earlier post. The highlight of the visit was getting a campus tour from two first-grade students. This earlier post has dates and… Continue Reading

Education Commissioner approves charter application from Carpe Diem San Antonio

As mentioned in this earlier post, Education Commissioner Michael Williams has approved a charter application from Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). Under the new process created by SB2, the State Board of Education could exercise a veto at its November meeting. “Public… Continue Reading

News from Generation 18 charter interviews, including Carpe Diem San Antonio

This week, the State Board of Education is interviewing new charter applicants (full list in this earlier post), including Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). The school is known in education circles for its “blended learning” model, which splits time between online instruction… Continue Reading

Choose to Succeed launches new website

Choose to Succeed has a spiffy new website with helpful information explaining their mission: In 2011, the George W. Brackenridge and Ewing Halsell Foundations began to analyze student achievement data from the Greater San Antonio area. At the close of their analysis… Continue Reading

More stories on IDEA’s new South Side campus

I posted earlier about IDEA Public Schools’ announcement of a location for a new campus on the South Side. (UPDATE: IDEA South Flores) Here are some links to more coverage of that story: “College readiness mission of 20 new charter schools”, Mark… Continue Reading