Private School Parents Making Public Education Policy: Controversy with Trey Martinez Fischer and Diana Arévalo

Private School Parents Making Public Education Policy: Controversy with Trey Martinez Fischer and Diana Arévalo | San Antonio Charter Moms

When you’re making policy about public education, does it matter whether you send your own kids to public schools or private schools? I’d sure like to know, but I also want to look at voting records and other data about… Continue Reading

May 2014 runoff primary election and the impact on education in San Antonio

The results are in from the May 2014 runoff primary election. How will these results impact education in San Antonio, Bexar County, and Texas? What can we expect at the general election on November 4, 2014? U.S. Congress Will Hurd defeated Francisco “Quico”… Continue Reading

March 2014 primary election: How will it affect education in San Antonio?

The results are (mostly) in from the March 2014 primary election. Here is a summary of races that may impact education policy in Texas, Bexar County, and San Antonio. Several races are headed for a runoff election on May 27, 2014.… Continue Reading

When should the state step in to close underperforming charter schools?

This story broke just before the holiday break, when I unplugged for a bit, except for a few “Best-of” posts (here, here, and here), and a slideshow of holiday lights. But it’s worth picking up now because it poses this… Continue Reading

"Don’t dwell on it": Stressing about the lottery, and making backup plans

Stressing about the lottery | San Antonio Charter Moms

“I try not to dwell on it,” I said. “Yes, that’s probably for the best, don’t dwell on it.” That’s a conversation I had before the holidays, when I was visiting with a Great Hearts Texas staff member, and I… Continue Reading

Education Commissioner approves charter application from Carpe Diem San Antonio

As mentioned in this earlier post, Education Commissioner Michael Williams has approved a charter application from Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). Under the new process created by SB2, the State Board of Education could exercise a veto at its November meeting. “Public… Continue Reading

News from Generation 18 charter interviews, including Carpe Diem San Antonio

This week, the State Board of Education is interviewing new charter applicants (full list in this earlier post), including Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). The school is known in education circles for its “blended learning” model, which splits time between online instruction… Continue Reading

FAQ update: What new charter schools are opening in San Antonio?

I recently updated my FAQ page. Here is an excerpt on “What new charter schools are opening in San Antonio?” BASIS San Antonio is opening in Fall 2013, serving grades 5-8 (growing to 5-12) in the Medical Center area. BASIS plans to open… Continue Reading

Charter school bill’s impact on Rocketship Education and other out-of-state networks of high-performing charter schools

A recent story from KUHF 88.7 FM Houston Public Radio praises Rocketship Education, noting “their schools have posted some of the best results for low-income kids in the entire state of California.” “What The New Charter School Bill Could Mean For… Continue Reading

Bexar County school district consolidation bill (HB2542) failed, but expect Rep. Roland Gutierrez to keep trying

UPDATE: SB2, the charter school bill, includes a provision for studying Bexar County school district consolidation. “Consolidation bill will force key debate”, San Antonio Express-News, June 15, 2013 (at mysanantonio.com). As mentioned earlier, state Rep. Roland Gutierrez (campaign site) filed a bill, HB… Continue Reading