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Charter School Contracts Renewed With HISD

Several charter schools, will get their contracts renewed with the Houston school district

Earlier this year, a local charter school sparked so much controversy at the Houston school board, a scuffle led to two women arrested at the meeting. Now the board has decided to continue doing business with that charter group.

Energized for Excellence was the charter school that the Houston school board briefly considered giving temporary control of several struggling schools. That plan was dropped after public outcry.

But Energized for Excellence, along with seven other charter schools, will get their contracts renewed with the Houston school district. Together, the contracts are worth about fifty six million dollars.

Some parents urged the board to take a closer look. Shana Holverson questioned their low enrollment of children with disabilities.

“These campuses have reported an average of two percent of their students as recognized as needing special ed services. Remember that the national average is 13 percent,” said Holverson.

Some trustees maintained it would be unfair to families if the schools had to close over the summer.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

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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