SAISD Trustee Elections: Stay the Course or Put on the Brakes?

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With a crowded field for three trustee seats, the San Antonio ISD school board elections on May 4 are poised to be a referendum on recent efforts to turn around the struggling district—either to stay the course with non-traditional strategies… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] SAISD Approves New Generation of Autonomous Schools

Chief Innovation Officer Mohammed Choudhury speaking to the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees about nonprofit partnerships on March 25, 2019

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. At the March 25 meeting, the San Antonio ISD board of trustees unanimously approved management agreements for 18 district schools, and new in-district… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] Incumbent SAISD Board Members Go All-in on Union Questionnaire

Patti Radle on Election Day 2018, preparing to lead students to the polls

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. On February 22 at 5 PM and 6 PM, the two San Antonio ISD board incumbents up for re-election, Patti Radle and Christina… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] Union Questionnaire for Board Candidates Spotlights Specific Tensions in SAISD

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Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. Just the other day I asked a member of the San Antonio Alliance, the San Antonio ISD teachers and support staff union, whether… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] School Building to Be Renamed to Honor the Legacy of Bill Davis

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Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. The outcome of last Monday’s vote to rename the technology building at Rhodes Middle School in honor of Bill Davis— the teacher killed… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] SAISD Asked Business Leaders for Support and They Delivered

Hall Monitor SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez at a school board meeting Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, where a vote was taken to move forward with a partnership with Democracy Prep Public School to takeover Stewart Elementary starting in the fall.

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. One of the best things about business leaders is their fondness for putting things in writing. Rather than leave it to journalists and… Continue Reading

Thoughts From an Education Reform Advocate on Attending a Screening of “Backpack Full of Cash” at the NAACP Convention in San Antonio

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I’m an education reform advocate who recently attended a screening of Backpack Full of Cash at the NAACP Convention. The documentary didn’t change my mind about supporting parent choice, especially high quality public charter schools. Nevertheless, I’m glad I went… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] “Who Is Coming With Us?” SAISD Rallies Supporters Amid Controversial Changes

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Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. At Monday night’s SAISD board meeting, community member Eddie Bravenec, husband of San Antonio Alliance (the union) lead organizer Katy Bravenec, told superintendent… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] In Becoming a “System of Great Schools,” SAISD Is Fighting for Its Life

Hall Monitor SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez at a school board meeting Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, where a vote was taken to move forward with a partnership with Democracy Prep Public School to takeover Stewart Elementary starting in the fall.

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. In a recent candidate forum with the advocacy group TX Charter Revolution, Matt Beebe, who hopes to take the seat vacated by retiring… Continue Reading

SAISD’s Big Picture: Superintendent Pedro Martinez and the System of Great Schools Model

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In 2011, my family moved out of San Antonio ISD in search of the right schools for our children; this 2012 post at the Rivard Report captured our situation at the time. In 2018, the landscape is different. Families now… Continue Reading