[Hall Monitor] In Becoming a “System of Great Schools,” SAISD Is Fighting for Its Life

Hall Monitor SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez at a school board meeting Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, where a vote was taken to move forward with a partnership with Democracy Prep Public School to takeover Stewart Elementary starting in the fall.

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. In a recent candidate forum with the advocacy group TX Charter Revolution, Matt Beebe, who hopes to take the seat vacated by retiring… Continue Reading

Charters 101: Being a Charter School Parent Advocate – Founders Schertz Edition

Charters 101: Being a Charter School Parent Advocate - Founders Schertz Edition | San Antonio Charter Moms

This morning, the Hoplite Council at Founders Classical Academy of Schertz hosted me for a session of Charters 101: Being a Charter School Parent Advocate. They asked such great questions and we had a really lively discussion. This blog post gathers… Continue Reading

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