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When should the state step in to close underperforming charter schools?

This story broke just before the holiday break, when I unplugged for a bit, except for a few “Best-of” posts (here, here, and here), and a slideshow of holiday lights. But it’s worth picking up now because it poses this … Continue reading

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Transformation in progress at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Last month, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (CHofSA) hosted a group of mom bloggers (including my son and me) for lunch to meet with hospital leaders and talk about the transformation that is underway to create a freestanding, academic children’s hospital in … Continue reading

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[Event] KIPP: San Antonio First Friday Breakfast on January 10 at KIPP Aspire

Start your year off right by picking up some positive energy from KIPP: San Antonio. The next First Friday Breakfast will be at KIPP Aspire Academy, 731 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78201 (map) from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on January 10, 2013.  RSVP … 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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KIPP Aspire and New Frontiers charter schools earn three state distinctions

As mentioned in this earlier post, the Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of school accountability ratings. To highlight the top-performing schools in the state, the TEA released a list of schools that were rated “met standard” and also earned all … 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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FAQ update: What is a charter school?

I recently updated my FAQ page. Here is an excerpt: “What is a charter school?” A charter school is a public school. It’s authorized directly by the state, not by a local school district. Students can cross district boundaries to … Continue reading

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