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State Moves To Close Four Charter Schools In Greater Houston

The schools have failed to meet academic or financial standards — or some combination of both — for the last three years.

Michael Williams
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
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The Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is recommending to revoke the charters of fourteen charter schools, including four in the Greater Houston area.

They all failed to meet state standards for the last three years, a track record that triggers new state penalties.  

The Houston schools on the list are:

Last year, state lawmakers made it tougher for low-performing charter schools to stay open.

The law known as SB 2 makes it mandatory for the education commissioner to revoke a charter if the school doesn’t meet academic or financial standards for three years, or some combination of both. They would lose their charters and state funding.

Already a state conservator is being assigned to oversee the close-out at the campuses. That’s expected to last until the end of the school year.

The charter schools have until mid-January to appeal the decision.

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Laura Isensee

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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