Shelley Potter, president of San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, protests ahead of SAISD's vote to turn Stewart Elementary into a charter school ran by Democracy Prep. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

This week in Just This, Rick and I discuss the San Antonio Independent School District board’s controversial vote to turn over operations of a chronically failing Southeast side school, Stewart Elementary, to Democracy Prep, a New York-based charter school operator.

SAISD trustees said the charter company’s record at rehabilitating beleaguered, low-performing schools provided the last, best hope before they were forced to shut Stewart’s doors for good. But not everyone was happy with the move, especially teachers – who have to reapply for their positions if they want to stay at Stewart – and their union, the San Antonio Alliance for Teachers and Support Personnel. We look at the history of this troubled school, the teachers’ association’s complaints about the board’s process to address Stewart’s problems, and what Democracy Prep faces as it begins its arduous work next fall.

We also examine an “emergency press conference” called by Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff, a Republican running on to unseat Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, and offer a couple other must-reads by our journalists.

Join us every Friday for Just This. Listen in, and send us your feedback. Just This will be available here on the Rivard Report and on iTunes and Stitcher at 5 a.m.

Beth Frerking

Beth Frerking is the former editor-in-chief of the Rivard Report.

Rick Casey

Rick Casey's career spans four decades of award-winning reporting on San Antonio. He previously worked as a metro columnist for the former San Antonio Light and, later, the San Antonio Express-News.