‘Don’t Forget About Us’: School Revamp Bittersweet For San Antonio Community Rocked By Closure

The West Side elementary school was closed when it did not meet the required academic accountability score. It has been converted into a dual-language Montessori school.

By Camile PhilipsFebruary 4, 2020 10:30 am, , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

After a year standing empty, Rodriguez Elementary on San Antonio’s West Side is reopening in the fall as a Montessori dual language school. Families looking for a good school welcomed the new addition, but for some families directly impacted by the closure, the reopening rings hollow.

In August 2018, the same day as meet-the-teacher night at Rodriguez Elementary, Marissa Alvarado got a letter in the mail from the San Antonio Independent School District with some unwelcome news: Her 8-year-old daughter Allisson’s school was being closed by the state at the end of the school year.

“It was just a big shocker. Everybody was confused,” Alvarado said recently during an interview with Texas Public Radio.

She knew Rodriguez faced sanctions if it failed the state’s academic standards a fifth time, but the district had poured resources into the school, and it was improving.

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