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TEA News Releases Online Feb. 5, 2016

TEA to host Feb. 9 information session for Premier Learning Academy parents

The parent and staff meetings have been postponed due to a court ruling.

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

The information session will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the charter campus at 601 Delaney Road in La Marque.

Operations at Premier Learning Academy are scheduled to end on June 30, 2016. The charter will not be renewed and will expire on July 31, 2016. The charter holder for Premier Learning Academy is Premier Learning Academy, Inc.

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, Premier Learning Academy teachers and staff will have an opportunity to meet with TEA representatives to ask questions related to the school’s closure.

Premier Learning Academy has met the legislative criteria for mandatory non-renewal of its charter under Senate Bill 2. Passed in 2013 by the Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 2 requires mandatory non-renewal of a charter by the Commissioner of Education if a charter holder has failed to meet academic or financial accountability performance ratings for any three of the five preceding school years. Failure can include three years in one specific area (academic or financial), or any combination of the two.

Premier Learning Academy 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.

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