TEA News Release 2





TEA News Releases Online                                                                                        Sept. 13, 2013


Commissioner Williams to announce

 Generation 18 charter school decisions on Sept. 27 


AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today advised members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) that he will announce his decisions regarding applications for Generation 18 charter schools on Friday, Sept. 27.

 Under Senate Bill 2 (passed during the 83rd Texas Legislature), the Commissioner received the authority to grant new open-enrollment charters in Texas and must notify the SBOE of those he proposes to grant. SBOE members are authorized to veto any new charter approved by the Commissioner.

 "I want to provide the State Board and members of the public the opportunity to thoroughly review all pertinent information," said Commissioner Williams. "This timeline offers an additional period to accept public input before the Board takes action at its November meeting."

The Sept. 27th date also allows the Commissioner some additional time to carefully review all the information gathered from charter applicants and the public before announcing his decisions. Commissioner Williams pointed out the efficient work of TEA staff throughout the application process, which he says reflects the State's ongoing commitment to providing quality charter schools as an option for Texas parents.

Twelve Generation 18 applicants took part in the public applicant interviews on Sept. 11th and 12th   in Austin.  Those seeking approval to operate an open-enrollment charter in Texas include Beta Academy; Carpe Diem Schools-San Antonio; Destiny Preparatory; El Paso Leadership Academy; EXCEL Center; Gardens of Learning, Rio Grande Valley; Great Hearts Academies Dallas; High Point Academy; iWin Preparatory; Magnolia and Redbud Montessori for All; Rivercrest Academy; and Urban Lyceum.

 To learn more about open-enrollment charter schools in Texas and the application process, visit the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/charters.aspx.