Category: SAISD

#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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Texas Commission on Public School Finance: Time is money…and some kids don’t have either

Texas Commission on Public School Finance: Time is money…and some kids don’t have either

The March 7 hearings before the Texas Commission on Public School Finance were basically the equivalent of me going to New York Fashion week. A parade of amazing and beautiful things that I can’t afford. I think my frustration was shared by commission member Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Humble). At the end of the meeting, Huberty…

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SAISD comes out strong for gun control…not armed teachers

SAISD comes out strong for gun control…not armed teachers

In the wake of the Parkland, Fla. shooting that left 17 dead, student activism has drawn a proverbial line in the sand for many districts. Like the (possibly apocryphal) legend from the battle of the Alamo where sand-line-crossing began, the students offer a choice: join our fight, or don’t. For many adults, this means a…

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Rumblings continue in the battle over SAISD-charter partnership

Rumblings continue in the battle over SAISD-charter partnership

“Whose schools?” “Our schools!” “Whose schools?” “Our schools!” That was the call and response chant on the steps of the SAISD administrative building ahead of the January 22 board meeting, in which the board voted to move forward in a charter agreement with Democracy Prep, a nonprofit organization that runs charter schools in Louisiana and…

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San Antonio to Charters and ISDs: Let’s get together

San Antonio to Charters and ISDs: Let’s get together

The common misconception that the city plays an active role in public education may stem from the fact that both are essentially financed through property tax. San Antonio residents have watched their property taxes increase significantly since 2014, as average property value assessments climbed by seven percent in 2014, 11 percent in 2015, seven percent…

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