[Hall Monitor] SAISD Asked Business Leaders for Support and They Delivered

Hall Monitor SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez at a school board meeting Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, where a vote was taken to move forward with a partnership with Democracy Prep Public School to takeover Stewart Elementary starting in the fall.

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. One of the best things about business leaders is their fondness for putting things in writing. Rather than leave it to journalists and… Continue Reading

Parents for Pedro: Why Parents in San Antonio ISD Should Support Superintendent Pedro Martinez

Twain Dual Language Academy students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the San Antonio ISD State of the District address | San Antonio Charter Moms

The headlines coming out of San Antonio ISD lately have been alarming: “Teacher Layoffs,” “Making Cuts to Teaching Staff,” and more. Superintendent Pedro Martinez is facing strong criticism. But I want to assure families and people who care about the long-term success… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] With Democracy Prep, SAISD Is Making New Friends. Can It Keep the Old?

[Hall Monitor] With Democracy Prep, SAISD Is Making New Friends. Can It Keep the Old? | San Antonio Charter Moms | San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel President Shelly Potter, speaks at a school board meeting on behalf of teachers at Stewart Elementary while teachers, parents and members of the Alliance wait for their turn to speak, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Photo by Alma Hernandez for Folo Media.

Note from SA Charter Moms: We are proud to share guest posts from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. On Monday night, March 19, the board of San Antonio ISD passionately discussed—and ultimately voted to approve—a charter application and management agreement between… Continue Reading

[Hall Monitor] Rumblings Continue in the Battle Over SAISD-Charter Partnership

Hall Monitor San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel President Shelly Potter addresses members of the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers Support and Personnel, Stewart Elementary parents and staff at a rally outside Burnet Elementary before the school board votes on whether to move forward with a partnership between Stewart Elementary School and Democracy Prep Public Schools, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

We are proud to share this first guest post from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. “Whose schools?” “Our schools!” “Whose schools?” “Our schools!” That was the call and response chant on the steps of the San Antonio ISD administrative building ahead of… Continue Reading

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

San Antonio ISD’s District-Charter Partnership with Democracy Prep at Stewart Elementary

San Antonio ISD Considering a District-Charter Partnership with Democracy Prep at Stewart Elementary | San Antonio Charter Moms

“URGENT ACTION ALERT,” the headline said. “CHARTER INVASION OF SAISD.” On the contrary, it’s not a charter invasion—it’s a charter rescue mission, and it’s a great opportunity for students. San Antonio ISD wants to partner with Democracy Prep Public Schools, a… Continue Reading

[Opinion] Charter school students succeed

As I mention on my About page (archive), I’ve been a school choice supporter for a long time, but my long-time friend Victoria Rico inspired me to do something about it—namely, start this blog. Victoria is chairwoman and trustee of… Continue Reading

“Won’t Back Down” movie review: A road map for parent activism

“Wait” means, “It’ll never happen.” So says Principal Thompson (played by Ving Rhames), the leader of the fictional Rosa Parks Charter School, a high-performing charter with a long waiting list, in the new movie Won’t Back Down. Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie… Continue Reading

Chicago charter schools are open, despite teacher’s union strike

The Chicago teachers’ strike continues, and thousands of students who attend public schools have nowhere to go. At Chicago’s charter schools, however, it’s business as usual. “Charter school leaders: Class is in session here”, Jon Seidel, Chicago Sun-Times, September 9, 2012. Professor… Continue Reading

A Romney education advisor fills in some details at the convention

At this week’s Republican National Convention, the Hechinger Report interviewed Jim Peyser, a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and a Romney education advisor. Peyser talked about shrinking the Department of Education and taking out some provisions of “No Child Left Behind”(NCLB)… Continue Reading