The Houston Chronicle featured YES Prep East End's girls' basketball coach, Martin Rather, for preparing his student-athletes for college.
"We need federal support for all schools, for all kids, not just kids in 'choice' schools," said Charter School CEOs in a joint statement published in USA Today. The article was written in response to the "skinny budget" the White House released earlier this month, which offered $168 million in new funds for charter schools but also cut critical programs impacting all public schools such as Pell Grants and AmeriCorps.
The Texas Tribune talks with YES Prep CEO Mark DiBella about facilities funding for public charter schools.
“Honestly, I think the lack of knowledge ... hurts our efforts a ton,” DiBella said. “Last session, I testified to the House Education Committee specifically related to facilities funding, and members of the House committee did not fully understand that charter schools are public schools.”
In the midst of the uncertain times in which we live, I am reminded of our collective resolve to embrace and protect diversity in order to eliminate educational inequity and advance social justice. Preserving the privacy and safety of students, families, and staff is a top priority at YES Prep and one way that we create safe and nurturing schools for ALL of our students.
YES Prep Community,
We live in unprecedented times—times that both remind us of the fundamental importance of our mission and that leave many of us deeply concerned about how to best advocate for our students and ourselves. In the midst of this uncertainty, I am reminded of our collective resolve to embrace and protect diversity in order to eliminate educational inequity and advance social justice.
You may have read or heard about the new state accountability system for public education, based on a new letter grade (A – F) rating scale. I’m writing to you to provide a few of my thoughts about the new system, as well as comment on YES Prep’s performance.
Context – Why did the Texas Education Agency (TEA) make this change?
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Carlos Villagrana to the State Board for Educator Certification. Villagrana has worked at YES Prep since 2010 and serves as the Managing Director of YES Prep's Teaching Excellence program. According to the Governor's office, "The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers." Villagrana's term on the board will last until 2021.
School Applications for Harmony, KIPP Houston, YES Prep, and 3 More Open November 1
HOUSTON, Texas, October 18, 2016 – Families Empowered, a Houston-based nonprofit organization, has announced today that five public charter school networks serving Houston parents will accept applications on a common timeline: opening November 1, 2016 and closing February 10, 2017.