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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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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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Fueling their long game, student activists get strategic with Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Fueling their long game, student activists get strategic with Congressman Lloyd Doggett

On Saturday, high school students hosted a Town Hall for Our Lives event with Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and asked him to shoot straight with them on how to advance their gun regulation agenda. A few miles away in Olmos Park a group of open carry advocates took to the streets, or rather to the…

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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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Feeding on solidarity and opposition, student activists galvanize ahead of Saturday’s march

Feeding on solidarity and opposition, student activists galvanize ahead of Saturday’s march

At the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on Wednesday, March 21, a group of high school students listened with wide eyes as the seasoned protestors explained the many scenarios that can arise during a march, and offered tips on how to respond. Hecklers: don’t engage. Persistent hecklers: form a barrier between heckler and marchers. Violent…

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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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