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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 15, 2018
Texas SBOE Authorizes Four New Generation 23 Charters to Open in 2019
AUSTIN – The Texas State Board of Education Friday authorized four new charter schools as Generation 23 Charters. The schools will begin operations in August 2019.
These schools began a rigorous authorization process in September 2017 and successfully completed both an external application review as well as extensive interviews by Texas Education Agency staff and members of the State Board of Education before being recommended for a charter by Commissioner Mike Morath in May 2018.
At maximum enrollment, these schools will make the goal of public school choice possible for over 4,200 Texas students.
Two of the schools are slated to open in the Houston/Harris County area: Bloom Academy, headed by CEO Courtney Sales, is opening as a K-1st school with a projected enrollment of 180 and a maximum K-5th enrollment of 1,080; and Reve Preparatory, led by CEO Traci Thibodeaux, which will open as a K-1st school with a projected enrollment of 180 and a maximum K-8th grade enrollment of 1,620.
Also approved are Promesa Academy, led by CEO Ambika Dani, which is set to open in San Antonio, starting as a K-1st school with a projected enrollment of 176 and a maximum K-5th enrollment of 1,056. Finally, the Elementary School for Education Innovation, led by CEO Dr. Miranda Condra, will open in Lubbock as a K-2nd school with a projected enrollment of 270 and a maximum K-5th enrollment of 540.
After fulfilling any contingencies set forth by TEA, the new charters will receive an initial contract for five years of operation, subject to maintaining successful academic and financial accountability.
Of the four schools selected, three contracted with TCSA and received either extensive application development and review services prior to submission or preparation for TEA interviews after completing the external review process.
All of the schools will have the opportunity participate in a series of year zero “launch” trainings, offered at no cost to the schools by TCSA through grants from the Walton Family Foundation and the Anonymous Fund to prepare the schools for their openings next year.
ABOUT TCSA: The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created in 2008 to unify, support and grow the charter movement. TCSA represents 90 percent of the 675 public charter schools in Texas, serving more than 272,000 students. For more about the TCSA, visit our website at http://www.txcharterschools.org.