Great Hearts Western Hills: New Campus Coming to San Antonio in 2018-19

Great Hearts Western Hills opening in fall 2018 | San Antonio Charter Moms

Exciting, long-awaited news: a new Great Hearts campus is coming to San Antonio in fall 2018. Great Hearts Western Hills will be located at 8702 Ingram Rd., San Antonio, TX 78245 (map). The school will serve grades K-4 in 2018-19,… Continue Reading

FAQ update: What is a charter school?

I recently updated my FAQ page. Here is an excerpt: “What is a charter school?” A charter school is a public school. It’s authorized directly by the state, not by a local school district. Students can cross district boundaries to… Continue Reading

Great Hearts Academies builds national team

Great Hearts Academies has named two new executives to its national team: Dr. Robert L. Jackson as National Academic Officer and Roberto Gutierrez as Chief Development Officer. “Great Hearts Academies Names Two New Senior Executives”, PRWeb.com, July 2, 2013.

WSJ: Massachusetts considers raising cap on charter schools

Two Democratic legislators in Massachusetts have proposed legislation that “would abolish all caps on charter schools and charter-school spending in 29 low-performing school districts, including Boston.” “New Front in Charter Schools”, Jennifer Levitz, Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2013. In Texas,… Continue Reading

IDEA and Harmony win Race to the Top grants

IDEA Public Schools ($29 million) and Harmony Public Schools ($30 million) are among 16 district winners of Race to the Top grants from the U.S. Department of Education. News coverage: “IDEA Public Schools wins $29 million in the Race to the Top District Competition”, IDEA Public… Continue Reading

IDEA, Harmony among San Antonio’s Race to the Top finalists

As mentioned earlier, this summer the U.S. Department of Education expanded the Race to the Top grant program to accept applications not just from states (Texas declined to apply) but also from districts. Two charter management organizations with campuses in San… 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

Charter school “authorizer” and other proposals at the Education Committee hearing

On Friday, the Senate Committee on Education heard ideas about charter schools and school choice. “Senators hear charter school reform proposals”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, August 24, 2012. Among the proposals: Creation of an independent charter “authorizer” that would handle new… Continue Reading

Charter schools mentioned in San Antonio Magazine’s 2012 Education Guide

Charter schools are mentioned briefly in San Antonio Magazine‘s 2012 Education Guide: According to the National Education Association, charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that have been freed from some of the rules, regulations and statutes that apply to… Continue Reading