Category: San Antonio Schools

South San methodically pulling levers to win back students and improve schools

South San methodically pulling levers to win back students and improve schools

South San Antonio ISD is working harder than ever to remake their district. For as much energy and ink as its board controversy consumed for decades, the schools themselves have kept their head above water, academically speaking. South San ISD is losing students. Its student population has dropped 14 percent since the 2013-14 school year,…

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We the People [PART 3]: Denise, Shannan, Deneatra

We the People [PART 3]: Denise, Shannan, Deneatra

This series is about people who have been compelled to activism, and what got them there. By the time I meet them, two things are usually true about the parents of Texas public school students who learn differently. 1) They are exceptionally well-informed and armed to the teeth with documentation, and 2) they’re pissed. Granted,…

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Bill Davis, teacher and explorer, wanted to show students “how great a world we have.”

Bill Davis, teacher and explorer, wanted to show students “how great a world we have.”

When talking about William “Bill” Davis, friends and family laugh as much as they cry. Even while friends and family are mourning the loss of Davis, 47, who was killed Tuesday in an apparent car accident while traveling in Uganda, they recall stories that make them laugh. “He was a funny, goofy person, and oh…

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Diego Bernal preps for 2019 with “What They Said 2.0”

Diego Bernal preps for 2019 with “What They Said 2.0”

Schools are notoriously appealing places to showcase a political agenda. People freak out about both kids and misspent taxes, so politicians often pick their fights in the schoolyard. Far less often does legislation address the battles that teachers are actually fighting day in and day out, but State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-123) had a fairly…

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Taking a deep breath: Communities in Schools’ role in restorative justice initiatives in San Antonio

Taking a deep breath: Communities in Schools’ role in restorative justice initiatives in San Antonio

Today The 74 Million published an article of mine on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In order to get all the good data and interviews in, some stuff had to get cut, so I’m publishing it here. Northside ISD wasn’t the only school district where I went looking for restorative justice practices. Four San…

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McManus, FBI, Moms Demand Action, and Columbine survivor speak to students on Gun Violence Awareness Day

McManus, FBI, Moms Demand Action, and Columbine survivor speak to students on Gun Violence Awareness Day

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. While San Antonio’s city government does not appear to have followed the lead of other cities in marking the day, local high school students did. They hosted a symposium on school safety, because it’s something that matters to them. The Students on Safety (S.O.S) symposium brought together 40…

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“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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Eleven artists make Texas history at Southwest School of Art

Eleven artists make Texas history at Southwest School of Art

Graduates of Texas’ first independent college of fine arts walked across the courtyard of the Southwest School of Art on Sunday afternoon to receive their BFA degrees. The ceremony was partially shaded by rustling trees on what could have been a warmer San Antonio spring afternoon. With little pomp and circumstance they entered to jazz,…

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