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TEA News Releases Online Jan. 29, 2016

TEA to host Feb. 2 information session for Victory Prep parents

 AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will host an information session for the parents of students currently attending Victory Prep in Houston. The charter is slated for closure at the end of the current school year. 

The information session will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the charter campus at 2903 Jensen Drive in Houston.

Operations at Victory Prep are scheduled to end on June 30, 2016. The charter will not be renewed and will expire on July 31, 2016. Revocation of the charter becomes effective Aug. 19, 2016. The charter holder for Victory Prep is the Management Accountability Corporation.

During the session, TEA staff will provide parents information regarding the charter school’s closure, alternative educational options in the immediate area for next school year, as well as parental rights and procedures for securing their student’s school records. The school district or charter their son or daughter will attend next school year will need official student records.

Prior to the parent meeting, Victory Prep teachers and staff will have an opportunity to meet with TEA representatives to ask questions related to the school’s closure.

Victory Prep has met the legislative criteria for mandatory revocation of its 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. 

Victory Prep has not met its academic accountability requirements for the past three years in which the state has issued accountability ratings. The charter had an unacceptable academic rating in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In addition, Victory Prep did not meet its financial accountability requirements in 2014-2015.

TEA first notified leadership at Victory Prep in November 2015 of the decision for closure. A management team has been appointed to oversee all close-out activities of the charter.