News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff.

It seems self-evident that parents, empowered by choice, will vote with their feet for academically stronger schools. As the argument goes, the overall effect should be to improve equity as well: Lower-income parents won't have to send their kids to an under-resourced and underperforming school just because it is the closest one to them geographically.

It's shaping up to be an interesting year for the Common Core, barely five years after 45 governors embraced it. A few states have already repealed the new math and reading standards. Others are pushing ahead with new tests, curriculum and teaching methods aligned to the Core.

And in some states, its future hangs in the balance. North Carolina is one of them.

It was one of the first states that quietly adopted the Common Core, and it moved quickly to put the standards in place.

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Public education will top the list of priorities for Governor-elect Greg Abbott, currently the Texas attorney general, in the coming legislative session. But Wednesday, on TPR’s “The Source,” Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams said it was unclear if he would remain in his current post.


“I serve at the pleasure of the governor — and my term expires at noon, Jan. 20, and it will be the decision of the governor-elect on whether I stay or not. And we’ll allow him to make his decision,” said Williams.


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  Bibliotech has expanded into four additional Bexar County school districts.

Bexar County Commissioners this week approved another wave of ereaders sent out into the community for students in the Edgewood, Somerset, San Antonio and Fort Sam Houston ISDs.

County Judge Nelson Wolff says this week’s donation of 150 ereaders brings the total number of the devices to 500 that have been committed to local school districts.

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Brackenridge High School will soon debut an elite first for the San Antonio region — it will contain an early college high school, one that would provide its students with the opportunity to earn an Associates’ degree or get 60 hours of college credit prior to graduating school. However, unlike its fellow ECHS providers, it will still retain all the staples of traditional high school life, like athletics, and football.