Governor Abbott Recognized 20 Years of Texas Charter Schools

Governor Abbott Recognized 20 Years of Texas Charter Schools



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Governor Abbott Recognized 20 Years of Texas Charter Schools

Governor Greg Abbott celebrated the 20th anniversary of operating charter schools in the state at the 2016 Texas Charter Schools Conference in Austin, Texas.

“Charter schools continue to lead the way in education innovation by expanding school choice and giving the next generation of Texans the opportunity to achieve tomorrow what doesn’t exist today. I am proud to celebrate two decades of charter schools in Texas and look forward to their continued growth throughout the state,” said Governor Abbott at a luncheon with conference participants.

Texans agree with 75 percent of registered voters believing that the state legislature should equitably fund all public school students and 62 percent of voters specifically believing that public charter schools should receive equal funding with traditional public schools. 

Charter schools are independent, tuition-free public schools open to all Texas students. Charter schools are given the flexibility to be more innovative while being held accountable for improved student achievement. In Texas there are 629 charter school campuses serving a diverse student body of nearly 250,000 students.

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s Executive Director David Dunn stated, “In 1996, we saw the beginning of the charter school movement with 20 operating charters and today, Texas can boast of 189 operating charters. I am so proud of the exponential growth in the number of students and campuses and the incredible successes we’ve seen in student outcomes. I’m excited to see what the next 20 years will bring charter schools and students.”

The Texas Charter Schools Conference is the largest gathering of its kind for the charter school community. More than 1,600 attendees participated in training sessions over three days. For information on charter schools in Texas, please visit