ELSA, RGV - When 36,000 students stepped foot into their campuses in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin and San Antonio last week, IDEA Public Schools became the largest charter school group in the nation. So reported Tom Torkelson, co-founder and...
WESLACO, December 18 - For a recent story on gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s visit to IDEA Public Schools in Weslaco, the Guardian and KMBH 88 FM sought the views of his possible opponent in the general election. However, we did...
McALLEN, RGV - McAllen Mayor Jim Darling has come out firmly in support of McAllen ISD’s proposed $297 million bond package, which voters will decide upon in this coming Saturday’s referendum. Darling makes the case for the bond issue in...
ALAMO, RGV - Teachers from Vanguard Academy say they have come back from a summer training program at Rice University even more motivated to teach STEM courses well. Among the Vanguard teachers that participated in the week-long training camp were...
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so very much for this wonderful honor. A special thank you to my wife, Peru, and my children, Joe Douglas, Samantha, and Joshua, who are nine, eight and seven,...
  WESLACO, RGV - A Weslaco-based program to mentor and teach students a business’s daily operations will take place in October. Titled nCourage, the program has been developed by Weslaco ISD and the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce. It will take place...
The job of a leader is to tell the hard truths, to paint a picture of reality, to help people understand what is at stake if we don’t change course. Facts are stubborn and often inconvenient and when they...
These past few months have been full of excitement at IDEA Public Schools. From the first day of school, to college matriculation, and more; IDEA is immensely proud of the success its students are achieving every day. But, most importantly,...
PHARR, RGV - While some state lawmakers want to scale back summer meals programs provided by school districts, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD is continuing with its service. PSJA Child Nutrition Director Imelda Palacios pointed out that through a partnership with the...
EDINBURG, RGV - A Texas State Board of Education member says his efforts to allow school districts to provide Mexican American Studies have been boosted by the White House’s focus on Hispanic war heroes. President Obama recently bestowed Medal of...

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