TEA News Releases Online Sept. 27, 2013
Commissioner Williams sends charter school decisions to SBOE
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today advised members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) of his decision to grant four Generation 18 charter schools. Those approved by the Commissioner include:
- Carpe Diem Schools - San Antonio
- El Paso Leadership Academy
- Great Hearts Academies Dallas
- Magnolia and Redbud Montessori for All
"Strengthening the network of charter schools across our state is a critical component to providing greater parental choice," said Commissioner Williams. "After a careful review of the Generation 18 charter applications, applicant interview testimony, impact statements, staff recommendations and input from State Board of Education members, I am confident we are adding new charter schools that will carry out the mission of innovative and effective education for Texas students."
Under Senate Bill 2 (passed during the 83rd Texas Legislature), the Commissioner grants new open-enrollment charters in Texas and must notify the SBOE of those he approves. SBOE members can veto any new charter approved by the Commissioner.
The State Board is expected to discuss the Commissioner's decisions and take any action - if necessary - at its Nov. 22nd meeting in Austin.
Twelve Generation 18 applicants took part in the public applicant interviews on Sept. 11th and 12th in Austin. Those that were seeking to operate an open-enrollment charter in Texas - but not granted approval by the Commissioner - include:
- Beta Academy
- Destiny Preparatory
- EXCEL Center
- Gardens of Learning, Rio Grande Valley
- iWin Preparatory
- Rivercrest Academy
- Urban Lyceum.
High Point Academy also took part in the public applicant interviews, but withdrew from consideration for a Generation 18 charter.
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.