Profile: Choose to Succeed

Choose to Succeed is a coordinated effort among community leaders and funders to attract the best charter school organizations in the U.S. to locate campuses in San Antonio:  IDEA Public Schools and KIPP: San Antonio will be joined by Great Hearts Academies, BASIS Schools, Carpe Diem Schools, and Rocketship Education.

Choose to Succeed plans to create spaces for 80,000 students at high-performing charter schools in San Antonio by 2026. Research shows that students who attend these schools pack in a lot more learning every year. They graduate ready for challenging careers and prepared to succeed in college. This program could more than double the number of college graduates produced from San Antonio every year. Altogether, these improvements would have a dramatic impact on San Antonio’s workforce and its ability to attract employers with high-paying skilled and professional jobs.

What are the necessary elements to make this happen? These charter schools need philanthropic support to cover their start-up costs. Also, the out-of-state organizations need charters to operate in Texas. (The State Board of Education is currently considering applications from Great Hearts and BASIS.) Finally, the movement needs community support from parents who want to enroll their children in these amazing schools.

Read more at the Choose to Succeed website.

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  1. I attended the recent meeting of Choose to Succeed, and frankly, I am concerned about the obvious bias towards students of a certain type, code word for white and middle class. What have you done to support current charter providers in San Antonio? Are you really saying that only outside of state organizations can make a difference? What have you done to engage the minority communities in San Antonio – and I don’t mean Henry and Mary Alice Cisneros.
    Also, is there any information from any of these schools concerning students outcomes after they graduate? A study that just was issued by National School Boards Association shows that only only 58 percent of students who had enrolled in four-year colleges graduated within six years. And for minority and low income students. Do any of your schools have data on outcomes?

  2. Ana, I am a supporter of Choose to Succeed, but I am independent blogger — not affiliated with any of the charter schools or funders. You are asking good questions, and part of my responsibility as a blogger is to research these issues. I hope you will keep reading and asking questions.

  3. Based on my research so far, I do not see a “bias towards students of a certain type, code word for white and middle class,” as you put it. For example, you could look at the graphics in this earlier post, which shows that Great Hearts, which is based in Phoenix, draws students from all over the city.

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