Charter school bill SB2 conference report passes Texas House and Senate, goes to Governor Perry

At the time of my previous post, the charter school bill (SB2) was in the hands of the conference committee to work out a combined version. The conference version raises the charter cap over time and changes the processes for authorizing and closing charters,… Continue Reading

Closed door discussions on education reform bills SB2 (charter schools) and HB5 (standardized testing)

I mentioned earlier that the charter school bill—SB2—is in the hands of a conference committee. Reports from Austin say that both SB2 and HB5, a bill to modify standardized testing requirements, are both being negotiated among members of the House, Senate, and… 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

Michael Williams appointed Education Commissioner

Some of the rumors were true: Michael Williams will succeed Robert Scott as Education Commissioner. “Perry names first black education commissioner”, Gary Scharrer, San Antonio Express-News, August 27, 2012. Williams is known for supporting charter schools and school vouchers. “Michael Williams to Head Texas… Continue Reading