IDEA Public Schools: a growing success in San Antonio

IDEA Public Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in the Rio Grande Valley, but with a growing presence in San Antonio. IDEA Public Schools continues to earn recognition for its success in helping students graduate from high… Continue Reading

Charter schools part of US education overhaul, notes “The Economist”

The result has been a dramatic acceleration of reforms in America’s public schools, at least on paper. All but five of the 50 states have adopted the common core. All but eight now allow charter schools. Thanks to No Child… Continue Reading

IDEA refines its plans for how to spend Race to the Top money

Last fall, as mentioned in this earlier post, IDEA Public Schools started making plans about how to spend their Race to the Top grant money. They recently shared more details: Among the pilot programs, new adaptive reading software for elementary schools that adjusts to a student’s reading… Continue Reading

IDEA and Harmony make high tech plans for Race to the Top grant money

As mentioned earlier this week, IDEA Public Schools and Harmony Public Schools won Race to the Top grants from the U.S. Department of Education. A follow up story in the Express-News includes details about how the schools plan to use the grant money. “Schools spell out money plans”, Lindsay… 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

Local charter school systems apply for “Race to the Top”

Two charter school systems with San Antonio campuses, Harmony Public Schools and IDEA Public Schools, have applied to compete for funds from the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” program. “Local schools are poised to Race To The Top”, Francisco… Continue Reading