Tag Archives: TexasCharterSchoolsAssociation

Tips for being a politically-engaged charter school parent

Please take a moment to read this important article: “More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters: A political game changer for public school choice?”, Richard Whitmire, Education Next (Summer 2015). The conventional wisdom has been that charter school parents are too busy with … Continue reading

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Catch a ride to the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015

Show your support at the Texas School Choice Week Rally in Austin on January 30, 2015. Families Empowered is coordinating free transportation, meals, and activities at the Texas State Capitol as part of National School Choice Week (January 25-31, 2015). In … Continue reading

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[Gallery] School Choice Week whistle stop at Sunset Station in San Antonio

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Last week, the National School Choice Week  whistle-stop tour visited Sunset Station in San Antonio for a rally that brought together groups representing many forms of school choice: charter schools, private schools, Catholic schools, virtual schools, homeschoolers, and more. There was … Continue reading

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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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Parents, you can send your kids to charter schools and still be a good person

Parents, you can send your kids to charter schools and still be a good person. The same goes for parents who homeschool or send their kids to private schools. The responsible thing to do is to find the situation that … Continue reading

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Education Commissioner approves charter application from Carpe Diem San Antonio

As mentioned in this earlier post, Education Commissioner Michael Williams has approved a charter application from Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). Under the new process created by SB2, the State Board of Education could exercise a veto at its November meeting. “Public … Continue reading

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News from Generation 18 charter interviews, including Carpe Diem San Antonio

This week, the State Board of Education is interviewing new charter applicants (full list in this earlier post), including Carpe Diem Schools–San Antonio (application). The school is known in education circles for its “blended learning” model, which splits time between online instruction … 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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Generation 17 charter applicants: Where are they now?

In November 2012, the Texas State Board of Education granted Generation 17 charters to eight applicants. (Read more in this earlier post.) Where are they now? BASIS San Antonio is building its first campus in the Medical Center area in Fall 2013 (earlier post) … Continue reading

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Jeffrey D. Flores (formerly Alameda School) takes principal job at New Frontiers Charter School

Jeffrey D. Flores, formerly the founding principal of the Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design, will be the new principal at New Frontiers Charter School. This is a transition time for the Alameda School; the school is also moving … Continue reading

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