[Hall Monitor] Rumblings Continue in the Battle Over SAISD-Charter Partnership

San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel President Shelly Potter addresses members of the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers Support and Personnel, Stewart Elementary parents and staff at a rally outside Burnet Elementary before the school board votes on whether to move forward with a partnership between Stewart Elementary School and Democracy Prep Public Schools, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

We are proud to share this first guest post from hallmonitor covering San Antonio’s public schools. “Whose schools?” “Our schools!” “Whose schools?” “Our schools!” That was the call and response chant on the steps of the San Antonio ISD administrative building ahead of… Continue Reading

Private School Parents Making Public Education Policy: Controversy with Trey Martinez Fischer and Diana Arévalo

Private School Parents Making Public Education Policy: Controversy with Trey Martinez Fischer and Diana Arévalo | San Antonio Charter Moms

When you’re making policy about public education, does it matter whether you send your own kids to public schools or private schools? I’d sure like to know, but I also want to look at voting records and other data about… Continue Reading

San Antonio ISD’s District-Charter Partnership with Democracy Prep at Stewart Elementary

San Antonio ISD Considering a District-Charter Partnership with Democracy Prep at Stewart Elementary | San Antonio Charter Moms

“URGENT ACTION ALERT,” the headline said. “CHARTER INVASION OF SAISD.” On the contrary, it’s not a charter invasion—it’s a charter rescue mission, and it’s a great opportunity for students. San Antonio ISD wants to partner with Democracy Prep Public Schools, a… Continue Reading

Representing Our Charter School at the San Antonio MLK March

Representing Our Charter School at the San Antonio MLK March | San Antonio Charter Moms

  My family and I, plus four other families from Great Hearts Monte Vista, participated in the City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. March on January 15, 2018. It was a meaningful experience to go as a group… Continue Reading

21st Century Education System: A Discussion in San Antonio with David Osborne on Reinventing America’s Schools

Reinventing America's Schools: A Conversation with David Osborne | San Antonio Charter Moms

Many of my recent posts have been profiles of new schools opening in San Antonio, and those stories are exciting to share. But thoughtful readers ask me, and I wonder for myself, where is this going? What does the growth… Continue Reading

Texas Education Agency Accountability Reports for Bexar County Area ISDs, 2017 Edition

Accountability Reports for Bexar County Area ISDs, 2017 Edition | San Antonio Charter Moms

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) publishes annual accountability reports for public school districts and campuses. For easy reference, here are the 2017 Accountability Reports for Bexar County-area independent school districts (ISDs). These reports are based on standardized testing data from the 2016-17 school… Continue Reading

Guide to School Boards for Independent School Districts in the San Antonio Area: 2017-2018 Edition

Guide to School Boards for Independent School Districts in the San Antonio Area: 2017-2018 Edition | San Antonio Charter Moms

  Families and community members can work to improve the quality of education by interacting with school boards, whether by participating in meeting or voting in elections. Here are some links to help you with your research into school boards in… Continue Reading

School Boards for Independent School Districts in the San Antonio Area: 2016-2017 Edition

School Boards for Independent School Districts in the San Antonio Area, 2016-17 Edition | San Antonio Charter Moms

Need to keep track of what’s happening at school boards in the San Antonio area? Here are some links to help you with your research. Alamo Heights ISD School board home Board members Meeting schedule: usually on third Thursdays at 7:00… Continue Reading

School Calendars for Districts in the San Antonio Area: 2016-2017 Edition

School Calendars for Districts in the San Antonio Area, 2016-17 Edition | San Antonio Charter Moms

Here is a handy list of printable school calendars for independent school districts in the San Antonio area, including Bexar County and parts of surrounding counties. Alamo Heights ISD Comal ISD East Central ISD Edgewood ISD Fort Sam Houston ISD… Continue Reading

Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading