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School board elections 2014: North East ISD

Three seats on the North East ISD Board of Trustees are on the May 10 ballot; one race is contested. District 3: Sandi Wolff is running unopposed; President Susan Galindo withdrew from the race. District 7: Brigitte Perkins is running unopposed. District … 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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Leadership change at South San Antonio ISD

Back in May, with the help of unflappable Express-News writer Francisco Vara-Orta, we observed the dysfunction and factionalism on the board of South San Antonio ISD. (Read more in this earlier post.) The question then: When would the South San school board fire Superintendent … Continue reading

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Turmoil on an elected school board: South San Antonio ISD

Good governance, and doing what’s right for the students, is a challenge for every school board, whether elected (as at traditional school districts) or appointed (as at charter schools in Texas). But it’s disturbing to read about the level of … Continue reading

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School board election results 2013: Harlandale ISD

As a result of the May 11 election, the Harlandale ISD Board of Trustees will welcome three new members. “New trustees bracing for Harlandale’s issues”, Francisco Vara-Orta, San Antonio Express-News, May 13, 2013. District 1: Juan Mancha defeated Joshua Cerna. District 2: Christine Ann … Continue reading

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School board elections 2013: Express-News endorsements in Harlandale ISD

It is good to finally see a viable opponent challenging Joshua Cerna, who has served as the District 1 board member for more than 10 years. Cerna has been an embarrassment to the district for too long. One of the … Continue reading

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Early voting underway for school board elections

Early voting started this week for the May 11 election, which includes school board elections for seven local school districts. For more information about how to vote, see Bexar County Elections or the early voting guide at the San Antonio Express-News. Alamo … Continue reading

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