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Write letters to bring BASIS Primary to San Antonio in 2015

I need your help. San Antonio needs a BASIS Primary school, and we can get one in 2015-16, but only if enough parents and charter school supporters write letters, right now. As you may already know, there are currently two … Continue reading

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“Don’t dwell on it”: Stressing about the lottery, and making backup plans

“I try not to dwell on it,” I said. “Yes, that’s probably for the best, don’t dwell on it.” That’s a conversation I had before the holidays, when I was visiting with a Great Hearts Texas staff member, and I … Continue reading

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CLOSED [Giveaway] Montessori For All founder’s cookbook helps build kids’ independence in the kitchen

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Would you let your two-year-old chop mushrooms for making pizza? Montessori educator Sara Cotner does. “Montessori Moments: 2 years and 3 months”, Sara Cotner, Feeding the Soil, June 3, 2013. It’s one of the ways … Continue reading

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Debate: What if every Texas school got a letter grade rating, A through F?

Parents, would you find it helpful if every school in Texas got a letter grade, A-F? Do letter grade ratings give parents a useful yardstick for quality? Or, do they oversimplify and obscure the differences among schools? Please leave a … Continue reading

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Five San Antonio charter schools tagged “improvement required” under new state accountability ratings

The Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of accountability ratings for Texas school districts and campuses. This is the first set of ratings based on STAAR standardized testing data. (See this earlier post for a discussion of previous ratings.) … Continue reading

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Montessori For All wins $100k grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges

Back in February, when I visited an information session for Montessori For All, I was impressed by their unique model: Montessori education at a free, public charter school. (Read more in this earlier post.) Both Austin and San Antonio have thriving … Continue reading

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Charter school bill, SB2, goes from Texas Senate to Texas House

There’s less than a month left in the current legislative session, and it’s time to check in on SB2, a bill that would make big changes to charter school laws in Texas, including raising the charter cap. This post is about the … Continue reading

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Charter school bill, SB2, moves from Education Committee to Texas Senate

I’ve been following the progress of SB2, a bill that would make big changes to charter school laws in Texas, including raising the charter cap. This post is about the bill’s introduction in February; this post is about Senator Dan Patrick‘s visit to IDEA Carver last Friday … Continue reading

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Education Commissioner Williams speaks at charter schools conference about advocacy

Education Commissioner Michael Williams spoke at the Texas Charter Schools Association Conference this week. “Texas education commissioner urges charter schools to tout work to legislators”, Kelley Shannon, Dallas Morning News, December 4, 2012. Williams advised charter schools about the coming … Continue reading

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Great Hearts withdraws Tennessee application

As mentioned earlier, Great Hearts Academies had applied for a charter in Tennessee, but had faced opposition from the Metro Nashville school board. After yet another school board rejection, Great Hearts has cancelled its plans to expand to Nashville. Read … Continue reading

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