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

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 As mentioned earlier, state Rep. Roland Gutierrez (campaign site) filed a bill, HB… Continue Reading

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

Charter school bill SB2 in the hands of the conference committee

As discussed in this earlier post, the charter school bill—SB2—passed the Texas House of Representatives last week. The House version is different from the Senate version, so now the bill will go to a conference committee to work out a compromise within a… Continue Reading

Coverage of charter school bill SB2 passing Texas House last week

Expanding on this earlier post, here is more coverage of charter school bill SB2 passing the Texas House of Representatives last week. The vote was 114-23 on the third reading. “Senate Bill 2 passes Texas House”, Tracy Young, Texas Charter Schools Association news release, May… Continue Reading