March 2014 primary election: How will it affect education in San Antonio?

The results are (mostly) in from the March 2014 primary election. Here is a summary of races that may impact education policy in Texas, Bexar County, and San Antonio. Several races are headed for a runoff election on May 27, 2014.… 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

Members of the Committee on School Initiatives of the Texas State Board of Education

The State Board of Education‘s Committee on School Initiatives is sometimes also called the “charter school committee” because one of their responsibilities is voting on charter school applications. The committee meets Thursday, January 31 (agenda). Here is the list 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

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

Charter applications granted; more details in San Antonio Express-News

Leaders of both organizations [BASIS and Great Hearts] said they will begin searching for faculty and campus locations immediately. “Tomorrow we start that process,” said Great Hearts Texas President Peter Bezanson. “Charter schools advance”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, November… Continue Reading

Committee on School Initiatives refers BASIS and Great Hearts charter applications to full board

This afternoon, the State Board of Education’s Committee on School Initiatives voted to refer the Great Hearts and BASIS charter applications to the full board. (More information: webcast; agenda; my earlier post about all the applicants.) On the BASIS application, the committee voted unanimously in favor… Continue Reading

Write letters to SBOE to show Great Hearts and BASIS are “of the community”

My warmest thanks to all the supporters who wore T-shirts and  rode the bus with us to Austin or met up with us in Austin. The consensus on the bus was that BASIS and Great Hearts handled the tough interview… Continue Reading

Write letters to SBOE to support Great Hearts and BASIS charter applications

Thank you to everyone who came to last week’s informational meetings for BASIS and Great Hearts. I hope that you, too, now believe that it’s really important for these schools to come to San Antonio. As mentioned at the presentations,… Continue Reading