IDEA Public Schools: a growing success in San Antonio

IDEA Public Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in the Rio Grande Valley, but with a growing presence in San Antonio. IDEA Public Schools continues to earn recognition for its success in helping students graduate from high… Continue Reading

Getting to know the Great Hearts leadership team at the Monte Vista open house

In April, when I visited Great Hearts Academies at their home base in Phoenix, Arizona (earlier post), school culture made a big impression on me. Great Hearts America CEO Dr. Daniel Scoggin and the entire management team are sincere when they say that… Continue Reading

Marisa B. Perez, State Board of Education, at Great Hearts Monte Vista open house

I want to recognize and thank Marisa B. Perez, member of the State Board of Eduction for District 3, for coming to the Great Hearts Texas open house at Temple Beth-El on October 29, 2013.

CLOSED [Giveaway] Montessori For All founder’s cookbook helps build kids’ independence in the kitchen

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Would you let your two-year-old chop mushrooms for making pizza? Montessori educator Sara Cotner does. “Montessori Moments: 2 years and 3 months”, Sara Cotner, Feeding the Soil, June 3, 2013. It’s one of the ways… 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

Education Commissioner announces Generation 18 charters, including Carpe Diem and Montessori For All

The Texas Education Agency has posted the list of schools granted charters this year by Education Commissioner Michael Williams. “Commissioner Williams sends charter school decisions to SBOE “, Texas Education Agency news release, September 27, 2013. These applicants received charters: Carpe Diem Schools–San… Continue Reading

Texas Education Commissioner will announce Generation 18 charter schools on September 27, 2013

Michael Williams, Commissioner of Education, will announce the results of Generation 18 charter applications on September 27, 2013, according to this news release. The State Board of Education interviewed the charter applicants on September 11 and 12, as discussed in this… 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

Generation 18 charter school interview schedules for September 11-12, 2013

The Texas Education Agency has posted the interview schedules for Generation 18 charter applicants. Generation 18 applicant interview schedule for Wednesday, September 11, 2013: El Paso Leadership Academy (application) Urban Lyceum (application); 5 Thoughts, Austin Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application); a Choose… Continue Reading

Marisa B. Perez and Ken Mercer discuss CSCOPE on Texas Week with Rick Casey

State Board of Education members Marisa B. Perez (D–San Antonio) and Ken Mercer (R–San Antonio) will be on KLRN’s Texas Week with Rick Casey tonight discussing CSCOPE. This email from Perez has more details about showtimes and channels; this earlier post has more information about… Continue Reading