Essays

ICYMI: This was all about racism

While Rodriguez v. San Antonio ISD worked its way through the courts in 1968, transcripts of Civil Rights hearings revealed a deeper logic at work in San Antonio and the country that sought to disenfranchise Mexican-Americans in almost every facet of life.

How San Antonio left Edgewood to fend for itself

Reforms of the mid- and late-20th century offered opportunities for some school districts to shore up their property tax base and create more secure funding. Edgewood, however, would not be one of these.

How San Antonio segregated its schools

The struggles that continue to plague Edgewood ISD are rooted in prejudice. Throughout the 20th century, those prejudices became public policy that would allocate services unevenly across the city, creating intractable inequities still visible in the city’s school districts.

Why Americans have no right to an education

How Texas’ school finance system helped perpetuate nationwide inequity.

Despite financial struggles, Mark’s Outing nourishes the community

An East Side restauranteur’s faith fuels him to look beyond his troubled past and current struggles.

What is economic segregation, and why does it matter?

San Antonio’s challenge is not about “income inequality” — it’s about space.