Charters 101: Being a Charter School Parent Advocate – Founders Schertz Edition

Charters 101: Being a Charter School Parent Advocate - Founders Schertz Edition | San Antonio Charter Moms

This morning, the Hoplite Council at Founders Classical Academy of Schertz hosted me for a session of Charters 101: Being a Charter School Parent Advocate. They asked such great questions and we had a really lively discussion. This blog post gathers… Continue Reading

Great Hearts Western Hills: New Campus Coming to San Antonio in 2018-19

Great Hearts Western Hills opening in fall 2018 | San Antonio Charter Moms

Exciting, long-awaited news: a new Great Hearts campus is coming to San Antonio in fall 2018. Great Hearts Western Hills will be located at 8702 Ingram Rd., San Antonio, TX 78245 (map). The school will serve grades K-4 in 2018-19,… Continue Reading

Charter Schools in San Antonio: Tips for Being a Politically-Engaged Parent

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Wondering how you can better advocate for charter schools in San Antonio as a charter school parent? Please take a moment to read this important article: “More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters: A political game changer for public school choice?”, Richard Whitmire,… Continue Reading

Catch a ride to the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015

Show your support at the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015. Families Empowered is coordinating free transportation, meals, and activities at the Texas State Capitol as part of National School Choice Week (January 25-31, 2015). In… 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

When should the state step in to close underperforming charter schools?

This story broke just before the holiday break, when I unplugged for a bit, except for a few “Best-of” posts (here, here, and here), and a slideshow of holiday lights. But it’s worth picking up now because it poses this… 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

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

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

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