By David Dunn, Executive Director, Texas Charter Schools Association
The Texas Charter Schools Association appreciated Commissioner Michael Williams’ open-door policy during his tenure as the Texas Commissioner of Education. He worked to ensure the 227,000 students enrolled in public charters were well supported by his office.
Williams publicly supported school choice, including public charter schools, to the benefit of Texas families and students. He was always willing to speak with public charter school leaders and he often visited public charter schools to meet students, parents and teachers. The Commissioner made public charter schools feel like partners in delivering a high-quality public education.
We applaud the Commissioner’s courage to close public charter schools that don’t meet the needs of students. And while we appreciated his work related to Senate Bill 2 (83R), the landmark charter accountability law passed in 2013, some challenges still exist. These issues must be addressed in order to meet the high demand from the more than 100,000 families waiting for a seat at a public charter school.
TCSA looks forward to working with the next Commissioner to smooth the rough edges of charter school accountability rules that inhibit quality expansion and replication.