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In San Antonio, an ambitious effort to expand pre-K is crumbling as parents shield their children from the pandemic

The Texas Tribune - January 6, 2021

In San Antonio, an ambitious effort to expand pre-K is crumbling as parents shield their children from the pandemic

After years of work and tens of millions of dollars spent, about 90% of the city’s 4-year-olds were in pre-K programs. Now enrollment has dropped and the dream of reaching all San Antonio preschoolers is slipping away.

The Hechinger Report - August 26, 2020

Some Christian schools are finally grappling with their racist past and segregated present

Alma Heights Christian Academy opened in 1955 in a scenic valley in Pacifica, California, just south of San Francisco. Separate campuses for an upper and lower school are nestled along…

Some Christian schools are finally grappling with their racist past and segregated present
Return First for In-Person Learning, But a Racial Divide Spoiled Their Plans

The 74 Million - October 27, 2020

Educators Wanted Vulnerable Students To Return First for In-Person Learning, But a Racial Divide Spoiled Their Plans

When Northside Independent School District superintendent Brian Woods designed his reopening strategy, he started with the kids who needed to be there most.

San Antonio Current - July 17, 2020

What’s in a Name? San Antonio High School Names Raise Questions About Inclusivity and Representation

As the U.S. faces a moment of self-awareness, monuments to Confederate and colonial icons are becoming more difficult to defend. Bronze statues and marble cenotaphs have become lightning rods for cultural reckoning since their construction was often just as symbolic.

What’s in a Name? San Antonio High School Names Raise Questions About Inclusivity and Representation
A Scrappy Network of Christians Welcomes Congolese Asylum Seekers

Christianity Today - July 17, 2020

A Scrappy Network of Christians Welcomes Congolese Asylum Seekers

When these Central Africans journey north, this community of believers is waiting for them.

Christianity Today - June 21, 2019

When Christians Don’t Get a Second Chance

Most evangelicals want America’s criminal justice system to offer it. But immigrant Christians like Detroit’s Chaldeans don’t get one.

far from home

Texas Public Radio - Jan. 5, 2019

Far From Home: Different Stories, With Common Threads

On a bulletin board at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a flier advertised a storytelling event for first-generation students to share their experience in their own words.

San Antonio Current - September 18, 2018

‘Where’d You Go to High School?’: Why It Matters in San Antonio

A few weeks ago, I was getting my haircut, and my stylist mentioned that he’d grown up in San Antonio.“Oh, really?” I said. “Me, too!”

And then, because I’m from here… and he’s from here… I asked the question: “Where’d you go to high school?”

‘Where’d You Go to High School?’: Why It Matters in San Antonio
'This Is Not a Crisis. This Is a Long-Term Disaster'

SOJOURNERS - July 26, 2018

'This Is Not a Crisis. This Is a Long-Term Disaster'

Over the past four months, news from the border has chronicled the stories of families detained and separated — many of them seeking asylum from gang violence in Central America.

San Antonio Current - July 17, 2018

San Antonio Schools Are Still Segregated – By Income As Much As Race

In 1954, the Supreme Court rocked the segregated South when it ruled that the State Board of Education of Topeka could not prevent third-grader Linda Brown from attending Sumner Elementary, an all-white school seven blocks from her house.

The Hechinger Report with Christian Science Monitor - July 16, 2018

Career-themed schools in San Antonio tackle job skills – and inequality

Donor money and close relationships with business are fueling several new high schools that are trying to lift academically prepared graduates from a variety of backgrounds into well-paying jobs.

The Hechinger Report with Texas Tribune - July 16, 2018

Parents love San Antonio’s preschool program. But soon, voters could weigh in on its fate.

While critics question whether a city-funded pre-K initiative is helping boost long-term educational outcomes, administrators and parents say there’s no doubt about the quality of the education children receive at the program’s four centers.

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san antonio plan to disrupt economically segregated schools

Texas Public Radio - April 5, 2018

San Antonio ISD’s Plan To Disrupt Economically Segregated Schools

When Lexa Rijos and Jamie Roadman moved to southeast San Antonio 16 years ago, people warned them that there weren’t any good public schools in the area.

Folo Media - Jan. 20, 2018

SAISD takes another step deeper into charter school waters

Monday night at its regular meeting, the SAISD board is expected to approve a charter takeover of its lowest performing elementary school.

am i the reason schools are segregated

Folo Media - Jan. 3, 2018

Am I the reason schools are segregated?

Reporting on segregation forces me to ask tough questions about how I’m educating my own kids.

I’ll never forget the day the principal of our neighborhood school tried to recruit my unborn child.

Folo Media - Dec. 28, 2017

Fighting the urge to segregate San Antonio's schools

In San Antonio and across the nation, the terms “good school” and “white school” are often synonymous. While traditional districts wrestle with the reality of parental appetite for homogeneous schools, one district aims to disrupt the segregation market.

Fighting urge to segregate san antonio's schools
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Folo Media - Dec. 20, 2017

For school boards short on savvy, corruption comes knocking

Yesterday, former SAISD trustee Olga Hernandez was acquitted of felony bribery charges in federal court. But her trial shows that corruption in Bexar County hits where it hurts.

Folo Media - Nov. 28, 2017

Should schools do more than teach?

Kids don’t leave the effects of poverty at home. More frequently, schools are seeing an academic benefit to providing food, counseling, parenting classes, and other services targeting the wide-ranging needs of low-income families.

should schools do more than teach
Idolatry, Monuments And The Danger Of Romanticizing History

Relevant Magazine - August 21, 2017

Idolatry, Monuments And The Danger Of Romanticizing History

I have a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy in my house. We are entering that stage where they’re interested in all the same toys. More accurately, that stage in which the older sister is immediately interested in whatever her younger brother just picked up.

Rivard Report - June 19, 2017

SB 4: Political Aims, Personal Consequences

Lawmakers and press have described the debate over the state’s new “sanctuary cities” law, or Senate Bill 4, as chaotic. To truly understand the forces at work one would have to watch archived footage of the debate on the House floor — all 16 hours, said State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-123).

Polictical aims, personal consequences
a house divided

Rivard Report - Feb. 28, 2017

Alamo Colleges: A House Divided

On May 6, Alamo Colleges will ask voters to approve a $450 million bond. In addition to badly needed repairs at St. Philip’s College, parking facilities at Northwest Vista College and San Antonio College, and technological infrastructure district-wide, the bond would include property purchases and building projects to accommodate projected growth.