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

Hispanic voices for education reform measures, including parent trigger and an Achievement School District

A child’s future should not be hindered or dictated by economic status, place of residence or personal aspiration that does not conform with a one-size-fits-all curriculum and poor performing schools that never seem to change. Every parent and student should… 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

Parent unions, grading schools, teachers raising test scores: Ed Reform stories from WSJ

So what’s interesting in the world of education reform? Here are three recent stories from the Wall Street Journal. A successful elementary school in a small town in Vermont is going private to avoid consolidation. “School’s Twist on Going Private”, Stephanie… Continue Reading

“Won’t Back Down” movie review: A road map for parent activism

“Wait” means, “It’ll never happen.” So says Principal Thompson (played by Ving Rhames), the leader of the fictional Rosa Parks Charter School, a high-performing charter with a long waiting list, in the new movie Won’t Back Down. Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie… Continue Reading