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TEA News Releases Online Nov. 22, 2013

Three Generation 18 charter school applicants complete process

AUSTIN - Three Generation 18 charter school applicants today successfully completed the final step of the state's application process allowing them to begin operation in Texas for the 2014-2015 school year.

Originally granted approval in September by Commissioner of Education Michael Williams, the three include:

  • Carpe Diem Schools - San Antonio
  • El Paso Leadership Academy
  • Magnolia and Redbud Montessori for All

Under Senate Bill 2 (passed during the 83rd Texas Legislature), the Commissioner of Education is given the authority to grant new open-enrollment charters in Texas and must notify the State Board of Education of those that are approved. A majority of the State Board members present and voting may veto any new charter approved by the Commissioner within 90 days of the Commissioner's decision.

At its Nov. 22nd meeting in Austin, the State Board vetoed the Commissioner's decision to award a charter to Great Hearts Academies Dallas.

To learn more about open-enrollment charter schools in Texas and the application process, visit the TEA website at