Lawmaker tries to claim charters are exempt from municipal law

Sen. Larry Taylor

Sen. Larry Taylor penned a letter in December on behalf of charter schools to Attorney General Ken Paxton attempting to declare charters exempt from municipal laws. Municipalities are crucial in keeping the selection process fair. Their jurisdictions must be taken seriously. There is no room to allow these charter schools, with self-appointed boards, to function above the law. 

Taylor writes that open-enrollment charter schools require a Special Use Permit to operate on agricultural land, claiming they are being unfairly evaluated in zoning laws (not true) and that the state is responsible for determining whether or not a site is appropriate for the construction and operation of a public school (also not true). Keep a look out for future attempts to make privatization through charter expansion even easier in Texas.