Tag: school choice

The Integration Diaries: A Lottery Without Power Tokens

The Integration Diaries: A Lottery Without Power Tokens

We put our kids in a public school committed to socioeconomic diversity, where they are among the 6 percent of kids who look like them. It’s going very well. They are learning how to speak Spanish while their classmates learn English. My kindergartener is adding, subtracting, and reading up a storm. My pre-kindergartener wants to…

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On mobile apps and equity

On mobile apps and equity

A couple of weeks ago, Inga Cotton, aka San Antonio Charter Moms, launched a new app. It’s a school choice tool, listing all of the open enrollment programs in San Antonio—charter and district options.  There’s a ton to say about this app. One could comment on female-led app development. Or the fact that it’s the…

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The McNeels Chose a School

The McNeels Chose a School

Feb 19 was a dramatic day in San Antonio ISD. Offers went out. Parents groaned and cheered. A ”now what…” for families waitlisted at their first choice and accepted at their third choice.  Here’s how it went for us with Moira, our will-be kindergartener and Asa, our will-be PreK-3: Moira had already been waitlisted at…

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The McNeels Choose a School, part seven: My very favorite school.

The McNeels Choose a School, part seven: My very favorite school.

So, there’s a dark horse contender in our school search. It’s only a dark horse because it’s outside of our school district, and quite frankly, an SAISD family fleeing to Northside is about the oldest trope in the San Antonio conversation. Though the school I’m about to write on is a Title I school, with…

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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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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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The McNeels Choose a School, Part 3: Why we love Montessori so much

The McNeels Choose a School, Part 3: Why we love Montessori so much

It takes Lewis McNeel approximately three weeks of internet research to buy a light fixture. In our old house, he designed his own entertainment system, suspended from the ceiling by pulleys and counterweights. It took months.  So, now that we are picking a school for our kids, we are being thorough.  It’s hard to be…

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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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