More charter schools called for in comprehensive education reform package
(Austin, Texas) – TCSA Executive Director David Dunn today issued the following statement regarding Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Senator Dan Patrick’s (R-Houston) announcement of comprehensive education reform legislation which includes more charter schools, a lifting of the cap on charter schools, and closure of low-performing public schools that do not meet the needs of students.
“TCSA welcomes the call by Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Sen. Patrick for more charter schools in Texas and their commitment to lift the arbitrary cap on charter schools,” said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). “They recognize the strong impact that quality public charter schools have on students and public education across the state, and TCSA looks forward to working with them to accomplish these goals.”
Public charter schools are making a difference for students in Texas. In 2011, in public charter schools rated under Texas’ Standard Accountability System, higher percentages of African-American and Hispanic students passed the TAKS test in every core subject area than in traditional public schools. According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in her annual Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), Texas charter schools account for nearly 30% of the state’s most fiscally efficient public schools, even though they represent only 4% of the student population. In the 2012-2013 school year, charter schools in Texas added 43 campuses and 30,000 students, yet, there are still more than 101,000 students on waiting lists.