Three new Texas charters awarded in 2013

Three new Texas charters awarded in 2013

Final Generation 18 charter decisions during November’s SBOE meeting

(Austin, Texas) — Today, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) took final action on the decisions by Texas education commissioner Michael Williams to approve four Generation 18 open-enrollment public charter schools. The SBOE considered the Commissioner’s approved charters allowing final approval for three new Texas charters. Senate Bill 2 (83rd Regular Legislature) 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 (El Paso)
  • Magnolia and Redbud Montessori for All (East Austin and San Antonio)

“We have waiting lists in Texas that continue to grow as more parents investigate the options in public education provided by charters,” said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). “These new charters will begin to address the need for more charters in San Antonio, Austin and El Paso, but there is still great demand across the state for innovative, quality individualized learning for successful student achievement.”

Public charters were approved by the Texas Legislature in 1995, and there have been eighteen “generations” of charters awarded since that time.  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.