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Like Master Teachers, SAISD’s new Network Principals can advance in the jobs they love

Like Master Teachers, SAISD’s new Network Principals can advance in the jobs they love

Promotions have long been one of the most unfortunate aspects of the education profession. If a talented teacher wants to advance beyond a modest income, they have to leave the classroom. That path leads through campus administration positions, the principal’s office, and eventually to Central Office where the salaries are significantly higher. It takes them…

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SAISD asked business leaders for support. They delivered. Here’s what that means…and here’s what it doesn’t mean.

SAISD asked business leaders for support. They delivered. Here’s what that means…and here’s what it doesn’t mean.

One of the best things about business leaders is their fondness for putting things in writing. Rather than leave it to journalists and bloggers (like me) to try to parse where they stand, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce decided to circulate a statement in its newsletter explaining its full support for embattled SAISD Superintendent…

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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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