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TEA News Releases Online Dec. 9, 2014

Charter schools identified for mandatory revocation under SB 2

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 (Houston)
  • 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 Centers
    (Brownsville, Edinburg, Mission, Raymondville, Rio Grande City, Weslaco)
  • Medical Center Charter School (Houston)
  • Northwest Preparatory Academy Charter School (Humble)
  • Phoenix Charter School (Greenville)
  • San Antonio Technology Academy (San Antonio)
  • Transformative Charter Academy (Killeen)

For 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.

In addition to initiating revocation hearings, a conservator is being appointed to all 14 charter schools. The appointed conservator will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the financial management and governance of the charter school to ensure the school complies with state and federal law;
  • Attending board meetings (including executive session) and directing the board as necessary to address the findings in a final report; and
  • Overseeing 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.