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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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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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U.S. judge: Teach for America was “rewarding and challenging”

A U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted the country’s second-largest Ponzi scheme became the youngest-sitting judge upon his appointment to Galveston’s federal bench, but Gregg Costa considers his two-year teaching stint in rural Mississippi among his greatest challenges and community contributions. … Continue reading

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Choose to Succeed and its supporters

A group of supporters gathered on October 17 in the Coates Chapel at the Southwest School of Art to launch Choose to Succeed, a movement to dramatically expand the community of high performing charter schools in San Antonio by growing the … Continue reading

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“Won’t Back Down” movie review: A road map for parent activism

“Wait” means, “It’ll never happen.” So says Principal Thompson (played by Ving Rhames), the leader of the fictional Rosa Parks Charter School, a high-performing charter with a long waiting list, in the new movie Won’t Back Down. Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie … Continue reading

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New Orleans charter schools on HBO’s “Treme”

The second season of “Treme”, a dramatic HBO series set in post-Katrina New Orleans, came out on disc earlier this year. Among other story lines, season two touches on the rise of charter schools after the hurricane. The show’s story editor notes: … Continue reading

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