Author: Bekah McNeel

For those who teach undocumented students, Julissa Arce has some advice.

For those who teach undocumented students, Julissa Arce has some advice.

Teachers in high-poverty schools know that students don’t leave their hunger, sleepiness, and anxiety at the door. We’re *almost* to the point as a nation where we can all agree on that. But for some students, not just those living in poverty, but many working class and middle class students, another quiet anxiety nags at…

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The McNeels Choose a School, part six: What’s going to happen at Hawthorne? And why?

The McNeels Choose a School, part six: What’s going to happen at Hawthorne? And why?

Applications are in for our three choice schools. It was super easy. Everyone should do it.  While we applied, we were automatically registered for our neighborhood school, Hawthorne Academy. It’s a valid option. It’s the kind of school where our kids would be fine. We’d be fine. Everyone at Hawthorne is giving it their all, from…

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The McNeels Choose a School, Part Five: What’s in a neighborhood?

The McNeels Choose a School, Part Five: What’s in a neighborhood?

When applying for SAISD’s choice programs, parents may choose three programs per child. While we started out with the ambitious goal of visiting about five schools before applying, by the time we visited our top three choices, we were pretty much set. Both kids are in the lottery for Steele Montessori. Moira went on the…

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RootEd wants parents to bloom in the diverse gardens where they are planted.

RootEd wants parents to bloom in the diverse gardens where they are planted.

 Founders of the pro-public school group say opportunity hoarding, not school choice, is what they are really up against. It speaks to the success of the grassroots public school advocacy group “RootEd” that I had been wondering who they were for some time before we met. Their posts and hashtags sprinkled my Twitter feed, and…

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The McNeels Choose a School, Part 3: Why we love Montessori so much

The McNeels Choose a School, Part 3: Why we love Montessori so much

It takes Lewis McNeel approximately three weeks of internet research to buy a light fixture. In our old house, he designed his own entertainment system, suspended from the ceiling by pulleys and counterweights. It took months.  So, now that we are picking a school for our kids, we are being thorough.  It’s hard to be…

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Great Idea: A home for pegs of all shapes

Great Idea: A home for pegs of all shapes

I don’t know anything about Providence, Rhode Island, but I was there a couple of weeks ago for the Education Writers Association equity seminar. I plugged the address into Uber, knowing nothing about the hosting institution, listed only as “The Met” on our seminar itinerary.  My Uber driver, on the other hand, seemed to know…

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The McNeels Choose a School, Part Two- Excuses, Experiments, and Expos

The McNeels Choose a School, Part Two- Excuses, Experiments, and Expos

Having an education reporter for a wife, Lewis McNeel rarely needs to comb through niche.com or GoodSchools.org to learn more about his local options. In fact, having an education reporter for a wife, if either of those sites were ever discovered in his browser history, he would likely be subjected to an exhausting treatise on…

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The McNeels Choose a School – Part One

The McNeels Choose a School – Part One

    For the past six years, I’ve been there every time San Antonio ISD sneezed. I’ve done so from a safe distance, where the propulsion of mucus and saliva can’t hit me. I stayed noncommittal when, hugely pregnant, an SAISD principal asked me if I would send my unborn daughter to the neighborhood school.…

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