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School building renamed to honor Bill Davis’s legacy. A legacy of making things better.

School building renamed to honor Bill Davis’s legacy. A legacy of making things better.

The outcome of last Monday’s vote to rename the technology building at Rhodes Middle School in honor of Bill Davis— the teacher killed in a car accident on a mission to Uganda this summer—was a foregone conclusion. No one opposed it, and the tribute was more than well-earned. However, one of the beautiful things about…

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Bill Davis, teacher and explorer, wanted to show students “how great a world we have.”

Bill Davis, teacher and explorer, wanted to show students “how great a world we have.”

When talking about William “Bill” Davis, friends and family laugh as much as they cry. Even while friends and family are mourning the loss of Davis, 47, who was killed Tuesday in an apparent car accident while traveling in Uganda, they recall stories that make them laugh. “He was a funny, goofy person, and oh…

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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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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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