AUSTIN – Five Generation Twenty-Two charter school applicants today successfully completed the final step of the state’s application process allowing them to begin operation in Texas for the 2018-2019 school year once any contingencies are met. The five are:
- Bridgeway Preparatory Academy (Dallas)
- Etoile Academy Charter School (Houston)
- Legacy School of Sport Sciences (Houston)
- Valor Public Schools (Austin)
- Yellowstone College Preparatory (Houston)
Under Senate Bill 2 passed in 2013 by 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. During its June 23rd meeting in Austin, state board members vetoed none of the Generation Twenty-Two applicants.
Once contracts are signed with these five entities, the state will have 185 charter holders. To learn more about open-enrollment charter schools in Texas and the application process, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Charter_Schools/.