Tag: San Antonio

RootEd wants parents to bloom in the diverse gardens where they are planted.

RootEd wants parents to bloom in the diverse gardens where they are planted.

 Founders of the pro-public school group say opportunity hoarding, not school choice, is what they are really up against. It speaks to the success of the grassroots public school advocacy group “RootEd” that I had been wondering who they were for some time before we met. Their posts and hashtags sprinkled my Twitter feed, and…

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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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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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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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San Antonio to Charters and ISDs: Let’s get together

San Antonio to Charters and ISDs: Let’s get together

The common misconception that the city plays an active role in public education may stem from the fact that both are essentially financed through property tax. San Antonio residents have watched their property taxes increase significantly since 2014, as average property value assessments climbed by seven percent in 2014, 11 percent in 2015, seven percent…

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SAISD has room for 15,000 more students…where will they live?

SAISD has room for 15,000 more students…where will they live?

One of the quirks of Texas government is the disconnect between school districts and the cities they serve. While districts answer directly to the state, bypassing city government, decisions made a city hall directly affect the health of schools. Take, for example, housing. A resolution unanimously adopted by the San Antonio ISD board (with President…

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