AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency has identified 14 open-enrollment
charter schools that meet the legislative criteria for mandatory revocation of
their charter under Senate Bill 2.
Passed in 2013 by the Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 2 requires
mandatory revocation of a charter by the Commissioner of Education if a charter
holder has failed to meet academic or financial accountability performance
ratings for the three preceding school years. Failure can include three years
in one specific area (academic or financial), or any combination of the two.
The 14 charter schools recommended for revocation of their charter under
SB 2 (and communities where affected charter campuses are located) include:
- Academy of Careers and Technologies Charter
School (San Antonio)
- Bay Area Charter School (El Lago; League City)
- Bright Ideas Charter School (Wichita Falls)
- City Center Health Careers (San Antonio)
- Faith Family Academy of Oak Cliff (Dallas)
- Girls & Boys Preparatory Academy
- Henry Ford Academy Alameda School For Art +
Design (San Antonio)
- Higgs, Carter, King Gifted & Talented
Charter Academy (San Antonio)
Ignite Public Schools and Community Service
(Brownsville, Edinburg, Mission, Raymondville, Rio Grande City, Weslaco)
- Medical Center Charter School (Houston)
- Northwest Preparatory Academy Charter School
- Phoenix Charter School (Greenville)
- San Antonio Technology Academy (San Antonio)
- Transformative Charter Academy (Killeen)
the purposes of revocation, the three school years where academic performance ratings
were considered included 2010-2011, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. The school years
where financial performance ratings were considered included 2011-2012,
2012-2013 and 2013-2014.
addition to initiating revocation hearings, a conservator is being appointed to
all 14 charter schools. The appointed conservator will be responsible for:
the financial management and governance of the charter school to ensure the
school complies with state and federal law;
board meetings (including executive session) and directing the board as
necessary to address the findings in a final report; and
all close-out activities of the charter school.
All 14 schools received notice from the Commissioner this
week. Each charter school may request an informal review regarding the decision
to revoke. To initiate that process, the Texas Education Agency must receive
written notice from the school by Jan. 12, 2015.
If the decision to revoke is upheld
in an informal review, the issue would then be sent to the State Office of
Administrative Hearings for a final hearing. In that instance, the decision of
the administrative law judge is final and cannot be appealed.