Civic engagement: Getting re-connected with state and local politics

There’s an election going on now in San Antonio. Yes, really! Early voting happened last week, and election day is tomorrow, January 6, 2015. Voter turnout is likely to be in the single digits. Sigh. Elections matter. What will it… Continue Reading

May 2014 runoff primary election and the impact on education in San Antonio

The results are in from the May 2014 runoff primary election. How will these results impact education in San Antonio, Bexar County, and Texas? What can we expect at the general election on November 4, 2014? U.S. Congress Will Hurd defeated Francisco “Quico”… Continue Reading

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 school bill SB2 in the hands of the conference committee

As discussed in this earlier post, the charter school bill—SB2—passed the Texas House of Representatives last week. The House version is different from the Senate version, so now the bill will go to a conference committee to work out a compromise within a… Continue Reading

Achievement School District SB1718 scheduled for Tuesday vote; please call Reps. Villarreal and Rodriguez

What is the legislature doing this session to improve education? This blog has covered SB2, the charter school bill, which passed the House last week (earlier post), and HB2976, the parent trigger bill (earlier post). Another policy that would improve… Continue Reading

Call and write your representatives to support SB2 charter school bill at Thursday vote

As I mentioned earlier, the Texas House of Representatives is expected to vote on SB2, the charter school bill, this week, but it’s been pushed back to Thursday. Although it’s gone through a lot changes since its introduction, the bill… Continue Reading

Call Rep. Lyle Larson on May 13-14 to support SB2 charter school bill

The Texas House of Representatives is expected to vote on SB2, the charter school bill, this week—probably Wednesday. (Here’s an earlier post about SB2 making it out of the House Committee on Public Education.) This bill is important because, among… Continue Reading

Ramiro Mojarro calls on Hispanic community to support HB 2976 parent trigger bill

This is Ramiro Mojarro. He’s the president of the Clubs de Zacatecas de San Antonio and an education reform advocate. He wrote a recent op-ed in La Prensa that I proudly co-signed. “The Need for Parent Trigger: 6 Years of Failing Schools… Continue Reading

House Public Education Committee hearing on April 30 to consider HB 2976 parent trigger bill

There is still time to call Reps. Mike Villarreal and Justin Rodriguez to express your support for HB 2976, the parent trigger bill. Here’s my earlier post with tips on how to call, including phone numbers and a script. And, even better, Colleen Pence at San… Continue Reading

Call Reps Villarreal and Rodriguez this week to support HB 2976 parent trigger bill

Have you heard about HB 2976, the parent trigger bill? Or maybe you saw the movie “Won’t Back Down”—here’s my review. There are way too many failing schools in Texas. Under the current law, if a school is failing, the… Continue Reading