Category: San Antonio Schools

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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#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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South San students take the mic… and advocate for mental health services

South San students take the mic… and advocate for mental health services

Madisyn Donovan has to go to Saturday school. The high school sophomore is enrolled in South San Antonio ISD’s popular Early College program, and she’s a member of the Enrichment Club—she’s no slouch. Quite the opposite, Donovan is motivated. So motivated, that she takes a VIA Metropolitan Transport bus two hours across town to get…

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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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Kevin Brown’s next move is taking Education 3.0 statewide

Kevin Brown’s next move is taking Education 3.0 statewide

If Alamo Heights superintendent Kevin Brown always looks like he’s enjoying his job, that’s because he is. Leading the 5,000-student district is “a dream job,” he said. Brown is quick sing the praises of his staff, faculty, students, and the larger Alamo Heights community, so it came as something of a surprise when he announced…

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Saldaña, South San Kids First urge South San community to “be as loud as we can”

Saldaña, South San Kids First urge South San community to “be as loud as we can”

  South San Kids First, the grassroots community effort to improve community engagement in 9,500-student South San ISD, will hold a community meeting at 6pm tonight at the Ozuna Library on the Palo Alto College campus. Their goal: staying loud. The Texas Education Agency recently removed Conservator Judy Castleberry from her position overseeing the South San…

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Disruption goes to College at IDEA University

Disruption goes to College at IDEA University

Right now 100% of IDEA Public Schools students are accepted to college. Only 50% graduate, CEO and founder Tom Torkelson said at the San Antonio charter district’s annual luncheon. That’s a number he’d like to change, and when Torkelson wants to change a number, he usually finds a way to disrupt the market that’s creating…

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