Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading

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

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

SAISD offers the job to interim superintendent Sylvester Perez

After a high-profile search for an outside candidate (e.g., earlier post), San Antonio ISD has offered a permanent job to interim superintendent Sylvester Perez. Coverage: “SAISD board taps interim superintendent Perez”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, May 20, 2013 (paywall); “SAISD board… Continue Reading

Fallout from SAISD superintendent finalist’s withdrawal

Last week, Dr. Manuel Isquierdo (current superintendent of Sunnyside USD in Tucson, Arizona) withdrew his name from consideration for the job of San Antonio ISD superintendent after public discussion of his record of personal financial and legal problems; see earlier post.… Continue Reading

Reactions to SAISD superintendent finalist Isquierdo

UPDATE: Isquierdo withdrew his name from consideration this afternoon; interim Superintendent Sylvester Perez will remain through the 2013-14 school year. “Isquierdo withdraws candidacy for SAISD superintendent”, Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News, April 12, 2013; “Letter from Board President regarding… Continue Reading