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IDEA Public Schools luncheon honoring David Robinson, board member and Carver Academy founder

I want to give you a sense of how it felt to be at the IDEA Public Schools 2015 luncheon honoring David Robinson, IDEA board member and Carver Academy founder, on May 11, 2015 at the Pearl Stable. Why did … Continue reading

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IDEA Public Schools: a growing success in San Antonio

IDEA Public Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools based in the Rio Grande Valley, but with a growing presence in San Antonio. IDEA Public Schools continues to earn recognition for its success in helping students graduate from high … Continue reading

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IDEA South Flores ribbon cutting launches a new generation of college graduates

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On Friday morning, the crowd cheered when IDEA Public Schools founder and CEO Tom Torkelson cut the ribbon at IDEA South Flores, the newest campus in the charter school network.  He was joined on stage by students in uniforms, IDEA South Flores Academy Principal Angie … Continue reading

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College Signing Day 2013 at IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley

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“College for All Children” is the IDEA Public Schools motto. In May 2013, at College Signing Day, seniors from six IDEA high schools in the Rio Grande Valley signed letters and held up signs to announce their choice of college. “IDEA … Continue reading

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IDEA South Flores leadership: Constantine Polites and Sandra Hughes

IDEA Public Schools announced leaders for the new campus in San Antonio, IDEA South Flores Academy and College Prep.  “IDEA Public Schools promotes two to lead its newest San Antonio location”, IDEA Public Schools news release, January 29, 2013. Constantine Polites … Continue reading

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Profile of JoAnn Gama, co-founder of IDEA Public Schools

Did you know that IDEA Public Schools started as a “school-within-a-school” in Donna, Texas, co-founded by Teach for America alumni JoAnn Gama and Tom Torkelson? In a profile in rgVision magazine, Gama talks about how the program grew into a … Continue reading

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More stories on IDEA’s new South Side campus

I posted earlier about IDEA Public Schools’ announcement of a location for a new campus on the South Side. (UPDATE: IDEA South Flores) Here are some links to more coverage of that story: “College readiness mission of 20 new charter schools”, Mark … Continue reading

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