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Charter Schools

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San Antonio’s largest charter school network is gearing up for a fast-paced expansion over the next three years. IDEA Public Schools plans to add 15 schools in Bexar County by 2022, doubling its local enrollment to nearly 24,000 students.

Two teacher associations sued Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath and the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday, arguing they rolled out a law incentivizing partnerships with school districts and charter schools in a way that weakened protections for public school employees.

Trinity already supports  area schools, such as Lamar Elementary, an in-district charter school in San Antonio ISD.
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Trinity University is creating a school incubator program with the potential to launch five new charter schools — or charter-like district schools — a year.

The program joins a growing list of initiatives that has the potential to foster charter/district collaboration in San Antonio.


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There are at least 760 charter schools operating in Texas as of the 2016-2017 school year, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded education institutions for school-age students grades K-12. State law gives the Texas education commissioner the authority to grant charters contingent to state board approval.

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The state board of education has approved four new charter school operators for the 2019-2020 school year, including one in San Antonio.

Promesa Academy is slated to open in one of the poorest zip codes in the city, 78207. 

From Texas Standard.

In efforts to avoid strict state sanctions, Houston ISD, San Antonio ISD and Waco ISD are all school districts that have recently either considered or adopted plans to consolidate several of their consistently failing public schools into charter school partnerships.

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Updated 3/20, 3:30 p.m.The board of trustees for the San Antonio Independent School District unanimously approved a 10-year contract with New York-based charter school operator Democracy Prep Monday evening.

Members of San Antonio Alliance, which represents SAISD teachers, hold up signs protesting Democracy Prep's application to run Stewart Elementary during the Jan. 22, 2018  trustee meeting.
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San Antonio Alliance, which represents teachers and support staff employed by the San Antonio Independent School District, says district officials broke the law when it authorized a charter school to run Stewart Elementary in January.


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This week on Fronteras:

  • Immigrant rights activists  in San Diego protest Congress’ inaction on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • A San Antonio charter school aims to increase rate of students who go on to earn college degrees (1:46).
  • A Dallas high school offers low-income and refugee students a crash course in financial literacy (5:51).
  • The push by a national organization to recruit Hispanic nurses (10:45).

KIPP college counselor Peter Vandermeer helps high school senior Jozelle Mares fill out college applications online during class Nov. 30, 2017.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Updated 1/26

At KIPP’s high school in downtown San Antonio late last semester, soft music played as Peter Vandermeer’s class of seniors filled out college applications online.

Six miles north, students at San Antonio Independent School District’s Jefferson High School were getting help from their own college advisors trained in the same techniques.


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