Author: Bekah McNeel

The Integration Diaries: The most radical thing a parent can say.

The Integration Diaries: The most radical thing a parent can say.

Sometimes the kids are alright. Sometimes they aren’t. When they announced that schools would be closed beyond spring break this year, I have to confess the grim thoughts that ran through my head. I pictured a return to those grueling infant years, with my hair in a non-sexy-messy bun, stress eating cookies and crying every…

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How I talk to my white kid about racism.

How I talk to my white kid about racism.

I can’t tell you the perfect way to do it. Just that it needs to be done. I don’t remember the first time we talked to our kids about difference, but it was probably pretty early. Because our life is full of people from different countries, who speak different languages, have different skin colors, different…

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Surviving Open Enrollment Season: a resource

Surviving Open Enrollment Season: a resource

It’s your second (okay, maybe third…or fourth) favorite time of year, and we’ve got all the goodies/things you need to make this as painless as possible. It’s here! That most buzzy and slightly-nerve-wracking time of year that for some reason overlaps with all the holidays. But now that you’ve survived the holidays (and hopefully gotten…

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A decade of being bravely underwhelming.

A decade of being bravely underwhelming.

In late December 2009, ten years ago, I did something strange. I started a new journal expressly dedicated to chronicling a love story—my love story. In my 18 years of journaling before then, I had always been cautious about how much weight I ascribed my various romances. That’s easy when you have a written record…

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Which San Antonio ISD schools suspend and expel the most students?

Which San Antonio ISD schools suspend and expel the most students?

Last month, San Antonio ISD adopted a new code of conduct and student bill of rights. The new policy moves the district toward a more restorative approach to discipline, and encourages teachers and administrators to consider the emotional and social health of the child when conflict arises. The idea is to reduce the number of…

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San Antonio’s First Dual Language Montessori School is Coming to the West Side

San Antonio’s First Dual Language Montessori School is Coming to the West Side

A community redesign revealed that parents and students who said good-bye to Rodriguez Elementary want something big in its place. The West Side is getting a new school. Or rather, a rebooted school. In the fall of 2020, Rodriguez Elementary will re-open its doors as a dual language Montessori school. San Antonio ISD announced the…

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The Integration Diaries: The one advantage I refuse to give up.

The Integration Diaries: The one advantage I refuse to give up.

We put our kids in a public school committed to socioeconomic diversity, where they are among the 6 percent of kids who look like them. It’s going very well. They are learning how to speak Spanish while their classmates learn English. My kindergartener is adding, subtracting, and reading up a storm. My pre-kindergartener wants to…

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The Integration Diaries: A Lottery Without Power Tokens

The Integration Diaries: A Lottery Without Power Tokens

We put our kids in a public school committed to socioeconomic diversity, where they are among the 6 percent of kids who look like them. It’s going very well. They are learning how to speak Spanish while their classmates learn English. My kindergartener is adding, subtracting, and reading up a storm. My pre-kindergartener wants to…

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