Tag: SAISD

Union questionnaire for board candidates spotlights specific tensions in SAISD.

Union questionnaire for board candidates spotlights specific tensions in SAISD.

Just the other day I asked a member of the San Antonio Alliance, the San Antonio ISD teachers and support staff union, whether relations with the district administration had improved at all. She demurred. But today I got my answer. They have not. The Alliance distributed a questionnaire, printed below in its entirety, to vet…

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The McNeels Choose a School, part six: What’s going to happen at Hawthorne? And why?

The McNeels Choose a School, part six: What’s going to happen at Hawthorne? And why?

Applications are in for our three choice schools. It was super easy. Everyone should do it.  While we applied, we were automatically registered for our neighborhood school, Hawthorne Academy. It’s a valid option. It’s the kind of school where our kids would be fine. We’d be fine. Everyone at Hawthorne is giving it their all, from…

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The McNeels Choose a School, Part Five: What’s in a neighborhood?

The McNeels Choose a School, Part Five: What’s in a neighborhood?

When applying for SAISD’s choice programs, parents may choose three programs per child. While we started out with the ambitious goal of visiting about five schools before applying, by the time we visited our top three choices, we were pretty much set. Both kids are in the lottery for Steele Montessori. Moira went on the…

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The McNeels Choose a School, Part Two- Excuses, Experiments, and Expos

The McNeels Choose a School, Part Two- Excuses, Experiments, and Expos

Having an education reporter for a wife, Lewis McNeel rarely needs to comb through niche.com or GoodSchools.org to learn more about his local options. In fact, having an education reporter for a wife, if either of those sites were ever discovered in his browser history, he would likely be subjected to an exhausting treatise on…

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The McNeels Choose a School – Part One

The McNeels Choose a School – Part One

    For the past six years, I’ve been there every time San Antonio ISD sneezed. I’ve done so from a safe distance, where the propulsion of mucus and saliva can’t hit me. I stayed noncommittal when, hugely pregnant, an SAISD principal asked me if I would send my unborn daughter to the neighborhood school.…

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Summer internships narrow the Opportunity Gap

Summer internships narrow the Opportunity Gap

On Tuesday, San Antonio ISD announced that 21 students and recent graduates from district will begin a four-week paid internship with cybersecurity firm Jungle Disk. The students will make $9 per hour working in teams to come up with creative marketing solutions for Jungle Disk products. In doing so they will get to know the…

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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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“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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