ABOUT GO PUBLIC
About Go Public: Go Public in San Antonio (through the Bexar County School Boards Coalition) and Go Public Gulf Coast are non-profits working on behalf of their member school districts. With a mission of promoting the great things happening in traditional public schools, the Go Public efforts shine a light on the opportunities, choices, and benefits of a public school education.
Go Public’s regional campaigns enable districts in a region to come together, pool resources, and promote their schools and offerings.
Learn more about how to become a member district below.
WHO IS GO PUBLIC?
In 2013, sixteen San Antonio-area Independent School Districts came together and formed Go Public to support their efforts in promoting positive stories about public education. Currently, the San Antonio region is comprised of 19 ISDs. In 2017, the Houston/Gulf Coast region pooled their resources and formed their regional campaign, Go Public Gulf Coast. The benefit to the regional campaigns is a hyperlocal effort that reaches families and the community.
Go Public is a part of the overarching efforts to educate their families about why public education is the right choice for their academic pathway. Together, we share why students who choose public schools are offered opportunities to thrive academically and socially. All students can find the support, direction, and pathway that serves their needs and interests.
Support from local businesses can further the work of educating the community about the value of a public school education. Learn more about sponsorship and donor opportunities below.
GO PUBLIC TIMELINE
2013 – Sixteen Independent School Districts (ISDs) in San Antonio began the campaign. San Antonio remains as Go Public’s central HQ.
2017 – ISDs in the Houston/Gulf Coast region came together to form their Go Public effort, Go Public Gulf Coast.
2019 – Partnership with Friends of Texas Public Schools through a marketing toolkit developed by Go Public.
2020 – Merge of the regional campaigns online to form a more comprehensive website, digital, and social media presence.
2021 – Individual district membership and new regional campaign opportunities.
HISTORY OF GO PUBLIC AND PUBLIC EDUCATION IN SAN ANTONIO
In 2011, the Bexar County School Boards Coalition released its ﬁrst book “Public Education in Bexar County”. The purpose of this book was to serve as the reference source for the facts and ﬁgures regarding the 20 Independent School Districts (ISDs) in the San Antonio area. “Public Education in Bexar County” was distributed to policy makers, public institutions, educators, and the public. Almost a decade later, the Coalition felt the time was right to release a second book. Their original goal was to share the positive information and stories about our ISDs. They had no idea that a pandemic would occur in the middle of drafting the book. The pandemic really highlighted the critical and multiple roles that our ISDs have in the mental, emotional, and physiological daily needs of our students and the community.
The book provides a summary of all of the nineteen ISDs in the San Antonio area, data and statistics, the effect of COVID on schools, and the history of Go Public.
BECOME A SPONSOR
Our sponsors and donors are community-minded businesses and organizations that believe in the importance of public education. We’re so grateful for their contributions. Contact us to learn how you can support our work and public education.