IDEA and Harmony make high tech plans for Race to the Top grant money

As mentioned earlier this week, IDEA Public Schools and Harmony Public Schools won Race to the Top grants from the U.S. Department of Education. A follow up story in the Express-News includes details about how the schools plan to use the grant money. “Schools spell out money plans”, Lindsay… Continue Reading

Choose to Succeed and its supporters

A group of supporters gathered on October 17 in the Coates Chapel at the Southwest School of Art to launch Choose to Succeed, a movement to dramatically expand the community of high performing charter schools in San Antonio by growing the… Continue Reading

Reactions to Sen. Dan Patrick’s appointment as Education Committee chair

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst recently appointed Senator Dan Patrick (who led those August hearings) as the new chairman of the Education Committee. You can get a sense of what this means just by looking at the headlines: “New school voucher… Continue Reading

Charter school “authorizer” and other proposals at the Education Committee hearing

On Friday, the Senate Committee on Education heard ideas about charter schools and school choice. “Senators hear charter school reform proposals”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, August 24, 2012. Among the proposals: Creation of an independent charter “authorizer” that would handle new… Continue Reading

Houston ISD can sell bonds to pay for facilities; how about charter schools?

The trustees of Houston ISD recently approved a $1.9 billion bond proposal for school facility improvements; voters will have a chance to decide in November. If successful, it will result in a $0.07 property tax increase. “Will HISD trustees approve… Continue Reading