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Texas Moves to Shut Down La Marque ISD

The Education Commissioner has set a final closure date and also appointed a conservator.

The last time the Texas Education Agency closed down a school district, that community in North Forest fought a losing battle to stay open.

There won’t be a legal fight this time as the state moves to shut down the La Marque Independent School District. It’s waived its right to challenge the pending closure.

For years, La Marque ISD has struggled. It’s received failing grades on student achievement since 2011. This past year, it also had a poor financial rating.

Now Education Commissioner Michael Williams has set its final date: July 1, 2016. He’s also appointed a conservator to oversee La Marque ISD’s finances and all closure activities until then.

He informed the district in a letter. (Read the La Marque ISD Closure Notice here.)

The next big decision is which district will absorb La Marque’s 2,500 students and when exactly that will happen, though it’s expected before the next school year.

Nearby are the Dickinson, Hitchcock and Texas City school districts.

In a statement, La Marque ISD Superintendent Terri Watkins said that they will “continue to serve the children of the district for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year.”

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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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