Changes to charter application review process; catching plagiarism

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, wants changes in how charter applications are screened and approved in Texas. For instance, he’d like a national group of charter school authorizers to train Texas Education Agency staff… Continue Reading

Guide to SBOE 2013

If you’ve been following the charter application process for Great Hearts and BASIS (granted last week—hooray!), especially if you rode the bus to Austin, then you may have become sort of familiar with some of names and faces on the… Continue Reading

Committee on School Initiatives refers BASIS and Great Hearts charter applications to full board

This afternoon, the State Board of Education’s Committee on School Initiatives voted to refer the Great Hearts and BASIS charter applications to the full board. (More information: webcast; agenda; my earlier post about all the applicants.) On the BASIS application, the committee voted unanimously in favor… Continue Reading

Education impact from 2012 election results

The 2012 general election is over; what was the impact on education? Locally, Mayor Julian Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA initiative passed. “Local voters decide to put their money on Pre-K 4 SA”, Josh Baugh & Maria Luisa Cesar, San Antonio Express-News,… Continue Reading

Write letters to SBOE to show Great Hearts and BASIS are “of the community”

My warmest thanks to all the supporters who wore T-shirts and  rode the bus with us to Austin or met up with us in Austin. The consensus on the bus was that BASIS and Great Hearts handled the tough interview… Continue Reading

Write letters to SBOE to support Great Hearts and BASIS charter applications

Thank you to everyone who came to last week’s informational meetings for BASIS and Great Hearts. I hope that you, too, now believe that it’s really important for these schools to come to San Antonio. As mentioned at the presentations,… Continue Reading

State Board of Education election coverage should discuss charter schools, not just culture wars

As I noted in this earlier post, media coverage of the State Board of Education tends to focus on their role in selecting textbooks. For example, a recent article in the Express-News quoted Ken Mercer, a Republican who represents District 5 (North… Continue Reading

What does IDEA mean for SAISD on the East Side?

IDEA Public Schools, a charter school system from the Rio Grande Valley, opened IDEA Carver Academy within SAISD boundaries this year and plans to launch 19 more schools by 2017. “With IDEA coming to San Antonio, there’s a possibility that… Continue Reading

State Board of Education candidates in El Paso, San Antonio keep a low profile

Campaign-watchers are still scratching their heads over two State Board of Education candidates, Marisa B. Perez of San Antonio (District 3) and Martha Dominguez of El Paso (District 1), who seem to be running invisible campaigns. Rick Casey’s “Last Word”… Continue Reading