Topic: Charter Schools

Educators call for more oversight of charter-school expansions

Regional TEA Meetings Scheduled Coalition comments on the proposed rules Representatives of education stakeholders, along with school district leaders and parents, joined today at a Texas Education Agency (TEA) hearing on January 13 to raise concern on proposed rules that could allow the significant expansion of charter schools with little state oversight or consideration of the fiscal impact to the...

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A-F Accountability Ratings: Charters vs. School Districts

A-F Accountability Ratings: Charters vs. School Districts Last week, the TEA released their A-F accountability ratings for each campus throughout the state and the comparison between ISDs and charters is shameful considering the state spends $3 billion per year on inefficient, unaccountable, and subpar charters: 25.1% of ISDs earned an “A” compared to 24.6% of charter operators 60.9% of ISDs...

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Texas Education Commissioner attempts to skirt the law with new rules on district partnerships with charter schools and nonprofits

A controversial state law passed in 2017—Senate Bill 1882—gave districts the ability to “partner” with charter schools and other nonprofit entities to take over campuses facing sanctions for low accountability ratings. The state also incentivized the practice by offering additional per-pupil funding for students on these campuses.  We’ve written on this issue extensively, particularly regarding the objections to turning over...

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Your Weekly Briefing

SBOE Uses Veto to Stop Controversial Royal “Public” Schools Charter Applicant The founder of controversial Harmony Public Schools, which is one of the largest charter school chains in Texas, recently applied to open several new charter schools in Austin and the Alief area of Houston by August 2020 under the name of Royal Public Schools. The Commissioner of Education approved...

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Your Weekly Briefing: School finance bill with local raises advances; News on virtual schools, charter schools and more.

Your Weekly Briefing ​Rep. Dan Huberty, author of the House school finance bill, watches as Rep. Chris Turn lays out his amendment guaranteeing local educator pay raises.  This week, the House threw down the gauntlet for public education by passing its school finance plan.  With about $6.3 billion in new public school spending and $2.3 property tax compression, HB 3 represents a...

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