FAQ update: What is a charter school?

I recently updated my FAQ page. Here is an excerpt: “What is a charter school?” A charter school is a public school. It’s authorized directly by the state, not by a local school district. Students can cross district boundaries to… Continue Reading

CSCOPE: What do parents need to know?

My primary mission is to help San Antonio parents find quality schools for their children. But sometimes I touch on another hot topic in education, such as standardized testing (earlier post) or the textbook wars (earlier post). The latest battleground… 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 schools part of US education overhaul, notes “The Economist”

The result has been a dramatic acceleration of reforms in America’s public schools, at least on paper. All but five of the 50 states have adopted the common core. All but eight now allow charter schools. Thanks to No Child… Continue Reading

NYT on SB2: Sen. Dan Patrick’s education reform bill

Senate Bill 2, the centerpiece of Mr. Patrick’s plans for the session, is the most ambitious attempt to expand the state’s charter school system since it was established in 1995. . . . Mr. Patrick’s proposal would eliminate a law… Continue Reading

Stuff I learned at the BASIS San Antonio information session last night

Stuff I learned at last night’s information session for BASIS San Antonio: They’ve hired an operations manager. She’s currently in Arizona doing training, and will relocate to San Antonio in late March. They’re doing the paperwork to buy the real estate for the… Continue Reading

The Economist interviews Paul Tough and reviews his book “How Children Succeed”

Paul Tough’s book, “How Children Succeed”, asks why, among the early graduates of a KIPP middle school in New York who scored high on tests and got into college, so many had trouble finishing college. Paul Tough, a journalist and former editor at… Continue Reading

Parent unions, grading schools, teachers raising test scores: Ed Reform stories from WSJ

So what’s interesting in the world of education reform? Here are three recent stories from the Wall Street Journal. A successful elementary school in a small town in Vermont is going private to avoid consolidation. “School’s Twist on Going Private”, Stephanie… Continue Reading

Mom says “I love high stakes testing”

Washington Post columnist Esther J. Cepeda recently went to parent-teacher conferences  and brought home the standardized testing results. I laid the papers out on the kitchen table: Lengthy, detailed progress reports showing the grade and weight of each quiz and… Continue Reading

Paul Tough, author of “How Children Succeed,” talks to Express-News

As mentioned in an earlier post, Paul Tough’s recent book, “How Children Succeed”, talks about how we can help our kids to grow not by stuffing their heads with knowledge but by letting them fail and learn how to deal with it.… Continue Reading