Category: SAISD

“Who is coming with us?” SAISD rallies supporters amid controversial changes

“Who is coming with us?” SAISD rallies supporters amid controversial changes

At Monday night’s SAISD board meeting, community member Eddie Bravenec, husband of San Antonio Alliance (the union) lead organizer Katy Bravenec told superintendent Pedro Martinez that the business community felt he had to go. That whether or not the recent layoffs or charter network partnerships were a good idea, that they had been poorly handled,…

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In becoming a “System of Great Schools,” SAISD is fighting for its life

In becoming a “System of Great Schools,” SAISD is fighting for its life

In a recent candidate forum with the advocacy group TX Charter Revolution, Matt Beebe, who hopes to take the seat vacated by retiring public school champion and Texas Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, characterized the relationship between charter networks and traditional school systems as heading toward an unfortunate “us and a them” mentality. He…

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This is not a drill: SAISD students go to Austin to begin a conversation on gun control

This is not a drill: SAISD students go to Austin to begin a conversation on gun control

Sitting in the Capitol hearing room reserved for their day of meetings, I watched the five students from San Antonio ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy and seven from Travis Early College High School settle in behind the dais. The seal of the State of Texas hovered over them as they swiveled in the cushy chairs…

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#walkoutroadtrip: Dispatches from a suburban full of teenagers going to petition the Lt. Governor

#walkoutroadtrip: Dispatches from a suburban full of teenagers going to petition the Lt. Governor

Today, I’m literally taking backseat to a group of students who, I am sure of it, will one day appear on a ballot. These young leaders already inspire me with their candor, intensity, and immunity to bullshit. Their principal, Delia McLerran, arranged for the students to meet with representatives from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s office…

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Bonham Academy, SAISD’s dual language darling, fears for its future

Bonham Academy, SAISD’s dual language darling, fears for its future

During the citizens to be heard portion of Monday’s San Antonio ISD board meeting, parents and students from Bonham Academy expressed concern about changes in their school. As the school prepares to reapply for its in-district charter, parent Sarah Sorensen explained, parents felt that the district has been pressuring the school to abandon the fine…

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Meet Relay Lab Schools, SAISD’s third partner under SB 1882

Meet Relay Lab Schools, SAISD’s third partner under SB 1882

Every one of Ogden Elementary’s 650 students has free breakfast at school. The littlest kids eat in their class, the primary grades (K-2) eat in the cafeteria, and the older elementary students (grades 3-5) eat in the gym. Everyone eats quietly. Not like, scary quiet, there are murmurs and whispered interactions with teachers, but it’s…

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Another charter operator to set up shop in SAISD

Another charter operator to set up shop in SAISD

San Antonio ISD is taking aim at its largest producer of high school dropouts: Highlands High School. With a dropout rate of 12-16 percent over the past three years, the southeast side high school accounts for 16 percent of all SAISD students. The numbers gets more stark when you look at students who are “over-age…

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Stewart welcomes Democracy Prep to the neighborhood with lots of questions

Stewart welcomes Democracy Prep to the neighborhood with lots of questions

When a new charter school operator comes to town, it’s common practice to host an informational event. Interested parents, charter advocates, and plenty of press are invited, and at the podium a keen charter CEO gives a rousing speech about changing the education landscape of the city.  Democracy Prep Public Schools’ arrival in San Antonio…

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With Democracy Prep, SAISD is making new friends. Can it keep the old?

With Democracy Prep, SAISD is making new friends. Can it keep the old?

On Monday night the board of San Antonio ISD passionately discussed— and ultimately voted to approve— a charter application and management agreement between SAISD and Democracy Prep Public Schools, a New York-based charter operator. The vote was unanimous, belying just how controversial the partnership has become. Since the mid-January announcement that Democracy Prep will take…

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