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

Future leaders: Apply now for Leadership SAISD Class of 2014

Back in June, I wrote this post about Leadership SAISD, an independent nonprofit organization that is working to cultivate and empower future leaders in the San Antonio ISD community. At that time, they were hoping to offer a full-year program in 2013-14. Instead, their founding… Continue Reading

Temple Beth-El board to vote on Great Hearts lease at October 1 meeting

As mentioned in this earlier post, Great Hearts Texas is negotiating with Temple Beth-El, located at 211 Belknap Place in Monte Vista, for a 5-year lease to house the charter school’s first campus in San Antonio. The temple board will vote on the… 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

KIPP Aspire and New Frontiers charter schools earn three state distinctions

As mentioned in this earlier post, the Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of school accountability ratings. To highlight the top-performing schools in the state, the TEA released a list of schools that were rated “met standard” and also earned all… Continue Reading

San Antonio ISD’s Hawthorne Academy under construction as part of Bond 2010

Over the weekend, I drove past Hawthorne Academy, an in-district charter at San Antonio ISD, and snapped a picture of the construction—part of the Bond 2010 program. Here is an earlier post with a pre-construction photo of Hawthorne. Hawthorne is one of… Continue Reading

Leadership SAISD accepting applications for the Class of 2014

My goals for this blog are to educate parents about their education options and develop a group of parent-advocates to improve education in San Antonio. Leadership SAISD has a parallel mission; it’s an independent nonprofit organization that is working to cultivate… Continue Reading

Superintendent Sylvester Perez now has a permanent position at SAISD

A few weeks ago, the board of trustees of San Antonio ISD voted to name interim superintendent Sylvester Perez as the lone finalist (earlier post); last night, the board voted unanimously to give Perez a permanent contract. “Perez given permanent position leading SAISD”, Maria… Continue Reading

SAISD Pres Ed Garza talks to The Banker about real estate deals and VIA

The Banker (at Bankers Anonymous), a San Antonio ISD parent, recently blogged about SAISD Board President Ed Garza‘s real estate deals. “A Review of SAISD President Ed Garza’s Real Estate Deals”, Bankers Anonymous, June 6, 2013; my earlier post. After the blog post came out, Garza… Continue Reading

The Banker studies SAISD Pres Ed Garza’s real estate deals and finds them “incredible” as in “not credible”

UPDATE: The Banker interviewed Ed Garza and made some corrections: “A Review of SAISD President Ed Garza’s Real Estate Deals”, Bankers Anonymous, June 6, 2013; my subsequent post. The Banker, who blogs at Bankers Anonymous, has a personal interest in the success… Continue Reading