Meeting the growing demand for Texas charters
(Austin, Texas) -Today, the State Board of Education, sole authorizer for open-enrollment, public charter schools in Texas, awarded 8 new charters. These Generation 17 charter schools are expected to open and serve students in the 2013-2014 school year.
New charters awarded to:
- BASIS San Antonio (San Antonio)
- Ben Yehuda Academy (San Antonio)
- C.O.R.E. Academy (Houston)
- Dallas Scholars Charter School (Dallas County)
- Great Hearts Academy San Antonio (San Antonio)
- International Leadership of Texas Charter School (Dallas)
- The Pro-Vision Academy (Houston)
- Village Tech Schools (Dallas County)
“TCSA is pleased to see additional charter schools awarded today, and we look forward to these schools adding to the quality, individualized and innovative education in Texas,” said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). “With these 8 charters awarded today, Texas is dangerously close to hitting the arbitrary cap of 215 and, in turn, limiting options for families in Texas. TCSA and our member schools will continue to press the Legislature to lift the cap in order to meet the tremendous demand for charter schools, including over 101,000 students on waiting lists in Texas.”
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. 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.
The Texas Charter School Technical Assistance Network (the Network), the newly formed partnership between TCSA, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and ESC Region XI to create an extensive support system for the state’s charter schools, will work with the new Generation 17 charters to ensure that they are prepared to serve Texas schoolchildren.