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Our search for a perfect public school and how we found the best fit.


Finding A Better Fit

2/14/2017 2:12:15 PM

Read the story of one parent looking for school options.


Over 13,000 students are waiting, according to a Families Empowered analysis of the combined waitlists of four public charter school networks in San Antonio.


Families Empowered is bringing parents together in San Antonio. At our most recent event, we hosted families for a meet-and-greet BBQ picnic at Woodlawn Lake Park.


Open Seat Update

6/1/2016 3:48:15 PM

Are you looking for a spot for your student for the 2016/2017 school year? Families Empowered can help!


Families Empowered's San Antonio team has been in and around San Antonio, promoting school choice and quality options for parents.

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Do you know a talented charter school alumni? We're now recruiting for our paid summer communications internship. Find out more!

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#FlashbackFriday: Intern Highlight

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM

Our Summer Communications Intern make our mission-driven work possible. Catch up with some of our past teammates.


The rally, organized by the Texas Charter Schools Association, served to demonstrate the positive impact school choice and public charter schools are having in the lives of Texans.

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Attracted to an HISD magnet school?

12/15/2015 9:00:00 AM

Phase 1 applications are due December 18.

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Families Empowered hosts at least three School Connection Fairs each year, to connect families to schools with open seats.

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Families Empowered was on hand for the National School Choice Week rally at the Texas state capitol in Austin. A coalition of over 1,500 school choice supporters – teachers, parents, students and community leaders – voiced their support of school choice on the steps of the Capitol.

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At our December 9, 2014 School Connection Fair, we met over 200 parents and students looking for school options in Houston. Those parents gave up their evening to learn about school options in a crowded high-school gymnasium. They were seeking what comes natural for all parents: ways to provide the best possible education for their child.

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Families Empowered has released new data, which illustrates the scale of Houston’s waitlist problem: more than 30,000 students in Houston were placed on a waitlist for a seat at a high-performing charter school for the 2014/2015 school year.

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In response to a growing demand for School Connection Fairs, Families Empowered held their first-ever January event on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Three hundred guests gave up their Saturday morning to meet with the over 120 schools that were represented at the fair.

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Families Empowered Founder and Executive Director, Colleen Dippel, spoke with education reporter Ericka Mellon to share tips for parents engaging in school choice. Read more of the interview, and the accompanying School Report Card section, here.

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Introducing Genesis!

7/7/2016 11:30:42 AM

Genesis Rios is our Communications Intern Supervisor for the summer. Her passion for non-profits and education makes her an important part of our team.


Welcome, Joshua!

7/7/2016 12:08:17 PM

Joshua Martinez is one of our summer call center interns. This well-grounded Communications and Spanish student is a vital part of our team.


Welcome Back Veronica!

7/7/2016 1:11:50 PM

Veronica Martinez is back with Families Empowered for a second summer working in our call center. This future engineer is ready to make her mark on the world and is starting here with us.


Meet Teresa!

7/7/2016 1:08:05 PM

Teresa Martinez is one of our summer call center interns. An engineer by schooling, Teresa is glad to join her older sister Veronica at Families Empowered for the summer.


Greetings to Leo!

7/7/2016 2:04:24 PM

Leonardo Artiga is one of summer call center interns. A Marketing major with a heart for people, Leo is enjoying getting to meet people as a welcome part of our team.


Introducing Estefani!

7/7/2016 2:26:28 PM

Estefani Olguin-Castillo is one of our summer call center interns. This future lawyer is excited to use her position and education to improve peoples' lives, starting here at Families Empowered.


Welcome, Brandon!

7/7/2016 3:00:16 PM

Brandon Olvera is one of our summer call center interns. This business student with a heart for education is lending his talents to us for the summer and we're glad to have him!


Shout Out to Gabrielle!

7/8/2016 9:21:54 AM

Gabrielle McNutt is one of our summer call center interns. This Marketing student is a staunch supporter of school choice, and we're glad to welcome her to our team for the summer!


Meet Perla!

7/8/2016 9:54:57 AM

Perla Licona is one of our summer call center interns. Her love for education and passion for people make her an important part of our team.


Greetings to Juana!

7/8/2016 10:42:50 AM

Juana Granados is one of our summer call center interns. This community-minded future real-estate mogul is glad to be here with us for the summer.


Hurricane Harvey Resources

9/1/2017 10:42:50 AM

Hurricane Harvey left a devastating impact on the families of southeast Texas. We've collected available resources for parents in one place. Here's what you need to know about Harvey recovery.


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