Marisa B. Perez sworn in for her second term on the Texas State Board of Education

On January 23, 2015, on the campus of IDEA Monterrey Park, County Judge Nelson Wolff administered the oath of office to Marisa B. Perez as she began her second term representing District 3 on the State Board of Education.

Senator John Cornyn addresses college-bound students at KIPP University Prep

United States Senator John Cornyn (who is running for re-election this year) visited KIPP University Prep on Friday afternoon to talk to the students.

Talking about education with Will Hurd, candidate for US Congress District 23

Last month, Will Hurd, who is running for Congress in District 23 (which includes western Bexar County and miles and miles of West Texas), met students from BASIS San Antonio at Choose to Succeed‘s quarterly convening of charter school leaders and community members. He was… Continue Reading

[Gallery] School Choice Week whistle stop at Sunset Station in San Antonio

Last week, the National School Choice Week  whistle-stop tour visited Sunset Station in San Antonio for a rally that brought together groups representing many forms of school choice: charter schools, private schools, Catholic schools, virtual schools, homeschoolers, and more. There was… Continue Reading

How it feels to be on a charter school waiting list

UPDATE: Great Hearts Monte Vista has added a second section of 9th grade (February 28, 2014) Last week, I went to the public lottery for Great Hearts Monte Vista. (Here’s my earlier post about pre-lottery stress.) What happened? Short version: F.T. drew… Continue Reading

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

“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

[Best of 2013] Guest blogging, because "it's so much more friendly with two"

As Piglet says in Winnie the Pooh, “It’s so much more friendly with two.” Likewise, guest blogging builds relationships, grows audiences, stimulates ideas, and is just so much friendlier. In 2013, I published one post from a young guest blogger,… Continue Reading

[Gallery] KIPP Un Mundo tour; KIPP San Antonio hosts education roundtable with Greg Abbott

Earlier this month, I went to a  First Friday Breakfast at KIPP Un Mundo Academy; read more details about the event in this earlier post. The highlight of the visit was getting a campus tour from two first-grade students. This earlier post has dates and… Continue Reading

School choice town hall Thursday, February 28 at UTSA downtown campus

Do you have strong feeling about school choice? Consider attending Thursday’s town hall meeting. “UTSA and S.A. Express-News to host series of town hall discussions”, Tim Brownlee, UTSA Today news release, February 25, 2013. The town hall meeting about school choice… Continue Reading

Julian and Joaquin Castro in Parade Magazine: Parenting makes all the difference

Under the heading “Parenting Makes All the Difference”, Julian Castro told Parade magazine: Talk about achieving the American dream. Identical twins Julián and Joaquín Castro each hold bachelor’s degrees from Stanford and law degrees from Harvard and are rising Democratic… Continue Reading