Stewart Elementary

Teach for America Corps member Perla Torres, center, snaps her fingers in appreciation of something one of her new coworkers said during Democracy Prep's teacher in-service Aug. 1, 2018.
Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

Every school year brings changes. New teachers. New classmates. But the school year, which began Monday, brought more changes than usual for the students at Stewart Elementary.

While their school continues to be a part of the San Antonio Independent School District, the south side elementary is now being managed by charter operator Democracy Prep.


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.
File Photo Camille Phillips / Texas Public Radio

Less than 6 percent of Stewart Elementary’s current teachers will return this fall when it becomes a Democracy Prep charter school.