Guest post at Rivard Report

When a mother needs something for her child, no one should ever say, “Just wait.” Likewise, no one should judge a mother too harshly for the things she does for her children. “Wave of New Charter Schools Enhance Inner City… Continue Reading

“Bring it on” says SAISD supt to charter schools

At a Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce meeting last month, four area superintendents talked about education budget cuts, standardized testing, and school choice. Sylvester Perez, interim superintendent of SAISD, which has seen increasing competition for students by charter schools,… Continue Reading

SA Ready: materials for STAAR prep and college-and-career readiness

SA Ready is open for business. According to the website: SA Ready is a free platform that gives teachers access to high quality lesson plans and teaching resources. Developed in partnership between Generation TX San Antonio and Educational Policy Improvement Center… Continue Reading

Texas Public Radio’s Pre-K 4 SA town hall meeting

As mentioned earlier, Mayor Julian Castro is promoting his early childhood education initiative, Pre-K 4 SA, in advance of a November 6 vote on a 1/8-cent sales tax increase to pay for full-day preschool, primarily for disadvantaged four-year-olds. Texas Public… Continue Reading

Choosing where to live based on the schools

Two recent articles discuss housing choices based on schools. Christine Drennon, Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Trinity University, notes: School districts once were formed in response to where people live; now people live in response to where school districts… Continue Reading

Praise for New York’s Success Academies in Wall Street Journal

An opinion piece by Joel Klein praises the recent test results from Success Academies in New York City. Joel Klein, “New York’s Charter Schools Get an A+”, Joel Klein, Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2012. Klein argues that it’s time to… Continue Reading

Leadership changes at public school districts in the San Antonio area

A well-researched article in Sunday’s paper discusses the changes in the top job at six local public school districts since last summer. “Superintendent changes sweep local districts”, Francisco Vara-Orta, San Antonio Express-News, July 21, 2012. Some transitions were smooth and well-planned… Continue Reading

Changes in education leadership, local and state

Many changes are afoot in public education — locally and at the state level — and we should all be worried. The future of Texas depends on an educated workforce and the quality of that education is dependent on those steering… Continue Reading

Debate: School closings and openings, and downtown versus sprawl

Last week, two seemingly unrelated stories appeared in the same edition of the paper, one about a closed elementary school becoming a Girl Scout center, and one about two elementary schools that won’t open on time because of construction delays.… Continue Reading