Civic engagement: Getting re-connected with state and local politics

There’s an election going on now in San Antonio. Yes, really! Early voting happened last week, and election day is tomorrow, January 6, 2015. Voter turnout is likely to be in the single digits. Sigh. Elections matter. What will it… Continue Reading

[Events] Landa Gardens Month: free family events Saturday mornings in May 2014

My kids and I love to hang out at the Landa Library in Monte Vista. The library used to be a stately home, and now the grounds are beautifully landscaped with a playground and a community garden. I love our city parks, and… Continue Reading

InspireU program brings together UTHSCSA mentors and KIPP San Antonio students

The educational goals we’ve set for our city include . . . a robust mentoring program called InspireU that pairs San Antonio’s business community with at-risk middle school students . . . . That’s what Mayor Julián Castro wrote in an… Continue Reading

Mayor Juilán Castro hosted the San Antonio meeting of the Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour (MEET)

Mayor Juilán Castro recently hosted the San Antonio stop of the Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour (MEET), a partnership among the mayors of four major U.S. cities to highlight educational innovations. The Mayors’ Tour is a sign of good things to… Continue Reading

[Sponsored] InspireU mentoring program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas (BBBSST). I was compensated to participate but all opinions are mine. Big ideas are powerful. But ideas spread one person at a time. Are you ready to… Continue Reading

Parents, you can send your kids to charter schools and still be a good person

Parents, you can send your kids to charter schools and still be a good person. The same goes for parents who homeschool or send their kids to private schools. The responsible thing to do is to find the situation that… Continue Reading

IDEA South Flores ribbon cutting launches a new generation of college graduates

On Friday morning, the crowd cheered when IDEA Public Schools founder and CEO Tom Torkelson cut the ribbon at IDEA South Flores, the newest campus in the charter school network.  He was joined on stage by students in uniforms, IDEA South Flores Academy Principal Angie… Continue Reading

Diplomás one-year meeting at Café College: progress towards Latino college completion goals

Last year, this earlier post discussed the launch of Diplomás, a project to raise college completion rates by Latinos, funded in part by a grant from the Lumina Foundation. One year later, the participants met at Café College to discuss goals and evaluate… Continue Reading

Charter schools help make San Antonio a “City on the Rise”

Lorenzo Gomez, Executive Director of the 80/20 Foundation and an SA2020 board member, has a “micro-script” for San Antonio: “A City On The Rise.” So why did these four words hit me the way they did? I think it’s because… 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