Category: SAISD

My children and the Children of the Dream.

My children and the Children of the Dream.

My journey toward understanding and believing in integrated schools is well-documented. I’ve reported, opined, and emoted publicly. But until now, my personal relationship to integration has been theoretical.  When we signed up our kids for Mark Twain Dual Language Academy, a socioeconomically integrated school in our home district, I was excited…and nervous. One of the…

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Like any smart person with a messy closet, SAISD is getting help from organizers.

Like any smart person with a messy closet, SAISD is getting help from organizers.

San Antonio ISD may have just found the cure to what ails it. The district announced a partnership with SA Rise to lead efforts in restorative justice and diverse cultural curriculum, especially in celebration of immigrant communities. These issues have been near the core of SA Rise’s efforts for most of its two year organizing…

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SAISD approves new generation of autonomous schools

SAISD approves new generation of autonomous schools

At tonight’s meeting the San Antonio ISD board of trustees unanimously approved management agreements for 18 district schools, and new in-district charter applications for 13 schools. Nineteen schools total were a part of SAISD’s newest generation of autonomous schools. The applications go to the Texas Education Agency on April 1. The charter applications are the…

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The McNeels Chose a School

The McNeels Chose a School

Feb 19 was a dramatic day in San Antonio ISD. Offers went out. Parents groaned and cheered. A ”now what…” for families waitlisted at their first choice and accepted at their third choice.  Here’s how it went for us with Moira, our will-be kindergartener and Asa, our will-be PreK-3: Moira had already been waitlisted at…

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Union questionnaire for board candidates spotlights specific tensions in SAISD.

Union questionnaire for board candidates spotlights specific tensions in SAISD.

Just the other day I asked a member of the San Antonio Alliance, the San Antonio ISD teachers and support staff union, whether relations with the district administration had improved at all. She demurred. But today I got my answer. They have not. The Alliance distributed a questionnaire, printed below in its entirety, to vet…

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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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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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