Alamo Colleges, SAISD Ink 1882 Partnership, Launch Alamo Collegiate Network

November 3, 2020

Kay Hendricks

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The Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees and the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees, along with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), have approved a new partnership launching the Alamo Collegiate Network (ACN), beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

This new partnership will further the Alamo Colleges’ goals of increasing the educational attainment of community residents, improving social and economic mobility and enhancing the college and career readiness of students.

The partnership provides school districts incentives to partner with charter schools, institutes of higher education, non-profits or government entities to expand program opportunities for students. These incentives include an increase in state funding for the partnered campus and an exemption from certain accountability interventions for two years. Under this agreement, Alamo Colleges will assume management of Fox Tech, Travis and St. Philip’s Early College High Schools (ECHS), the three campuses currently operated as part of an existing collaboration between Alamo Colleges and SAISD.

“This is a win-win for both institutions,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. “For us, the benefits include streamlining coordination with SAISD and other school districts to enhance the college readiness of Bexar county students and helping to meet our state’s goal of increasing the number of Texans with a credential or degree. For SAISD, it provides the opportunity to expand the diversity of school options, bring in targeted expertise to drive innovation and empower school leaders and partners through greater autonomy,” he added.

“We look forward to partnering with Alamo Colleges to promote even greater innovation at three of our high school campuses,” said SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez. “Our students will benefit from expanded dual credit and internship opportunities, enhanced academic and social-emotional supports, and additional resources. This collaboration will deepen and strengthen our long-standing relationship with the Alamo Colleges District,” he added.

In accordance with SB1882 guidelines, the Alamo Collegiate Network is governed by a board of trustees comprised of Alamo Colleges Trustees Dr. Yvonne Katz and Joe Jesse Sanchez, Chancellor Flores, St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, San Antonio College President Dr. Robert Vela, Palo Alto College President Dr. Robert Garza and Samantha Gallegos. The ACN board will develop and adopt the overall educational framework, mission, budgetary approval, and policies for the partnering schools.

The partnership agreement includes performance metrics in three areas: academic excellence, organizational strength and financial health. Performance will be reviewed annually and an evaluation of the partnership will take place after three years.

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