Inga Cotton has been voicing her support of school choice starting in the first semester of college at Trinity University, when she wrote her term paper on the subject. Little did she know how important this topic would be to her later in life. After graduating from Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in history, she attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned her law degree. She began her professional journey as a practicing lawyer, but soon found herself using similar skills researching and analyzing school options for her children.
In 2011, Inga learned about new charter schools that were coming to San Antonio. Excited that families would have more school options locally, she was inspired to spread the word. Inga immersed herself in learning about these new schools and communicating updates with her network. Since she struggled to find the right school for her children, Inga wanted to share her lessons learned with families across the city. This led to the creation of the San Antonio Charter Moms (SACM) blog in April 2012.
Since its start as a blog, SACM has evolved into a nonprofit as of 2018. Today, Founder and Executive Director Inga Cotton ensures the website and social media channels offer the community balanced information about all types of schools in San Antonio. As a nonprofit, SACM can now accept funding that enables it to grow in ways that support accomplishing its mission of being the most trusted information source on education in the region. This growth includes Spanish-language blog post translations, surveying target publics, holding meetings with decisionmakers, sharing knowledge via public speaking, and community outreach. Their most exciting development includes the creation of “San Antonio Charter Schools,” a custom, free school finder app. Launching publicly April 3, the app will put information in the hands of parents and caregivers so they can find the schools that are the best fit for their children. In its initial phase, it includes 82 public schools of choice, including open enrollment public charter schools, in-district charter schools, and district-charter partnership schools.
In addition to leading and writing for San Antonio Charter Moms, Inga is also a contributor at Alamo City Moms Blog, where you can find local knowledge and perspectives about all things relevant to moms. When not running San Antonio Charter Moms, Inga and her family love going to the San Antonio Symphony, to museums like the Witte Museum and the DoSeum, and to parks like the San Antonio Botanical Garden.