Commissioner Morath Sends Charter School Decisions to SBOE
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today advised members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) of his decision to grant five Generation Twenty-Four charters. The five Generation Twenty-Four charter school applicants successfully completed a final step of the state’s charter application process allowing them to begin operation in Texas for the 2020-2021 school year once any contingencies are met. The five are:
- Elevate Collegiate Charter School (Houston);
- Houston Classical Charter School (Houston);
- Royal Public Schools (Austin, Houston);
- San Antonio Preparatory Charter School (San Antonio); and
- The Gathering Place (San Antonio).
Under Senate Bill 2 (passed during the 83rd Texas Legislature in 2013), the Commissioner of Education has the authority to grant new open-enrollment charters in Texas and must notify the State Board of Education of those that are approved. The Board may veto any new charter approved by the Commissioner within 90 days of the Commissioner’s decision.
The SBOE is expected to discuss the Commissioner’s decisions and take action or no action during its meeting in Austin, June 11-14.
The Generation Twenty-Four applicants participated in public applicant interviews on
May 21-23, in Austin.
If contracts are signed with these entities, the state will have five new open-enrollment charter schools.
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.