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Meet The Gathering Place, one of San Antonio’s newest and busiest charter schools.

Meet The Gathering Place, one of San Antonio’s newest and busiest charter schools.

One of San Antonio’s newest charter schools will hit the ground running this fall with a professional development opportunity in partnership with the DoSeum. The Gathering Place, which was approved by the State Board of Education on June 14, will lead a cohort of teachers from across the city in a project-based learning collaborative designed…

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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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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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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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