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TEA Commissioner grants four new charters, sends decision to SBOE

09.27.13
TEA Commissioner grants four new charters, sends decision to SBOE

Final Generation 18 charter decisions expected in November

(Austin, Texas) – Today, Texas education commissioner Michael Williams approved four new, open-enrollment public charter schools. He sent this decision to the Texas state board of education (SBOE) which is expected to consider the Commissioner’s approved charters during the November 22ndpublic meeting. Senate Bill 2 (83rdLegislature) gave approval of new public charter schools to the education commissioner with input from the SBOE and gave veto power to the SBOE.

  • Carpe Diem Schools – San Antonio
  • El Paso Leadership Academy
  • Great Hearts Academies Dallas
  • Magnolia and Redbud Montessori for All (Austin and San Antonio)

“Public charter schools are in great demand from parents across Texas, and we look forward to these schools receiving final approval and beginning to serve students,” said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). “From innovative blended learning to public montessori education, these charters will be providing quality, individualized learning for successful student achievement.”

In total, there are more than 178,000 students in over 550 open-enrollment charter campuses (2013 AskTED) with more than 101,000 students on waiting lists across Texas (2012 survey). Charter students represent close to 4% of the public school population in Texas. Public charter schools are making a difference for students in Texas and across the nation.

According to a recent national PDK/Gallup poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools, nearly 70% of Americans favor the idea of public charters, up from less than 40 percent 11 years ago. The poll also notes that two out of three Americans support new public charter schools in their communities.