Underperforming Texas Charter Schools to be Examined in this Lege Session-Will it include Erath Excels?Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Underperforming Texas Charter Schools to be Examined in this Lege Session-Will it include Erath Excels?

17 December 2006 at 1:46:29 PM

Apparently a new bill to be introduced this session (I don't think it has yet) would close down ALL the charter schools, immediately reopen the good ones and close down the bad.

"We have to reward really good charters, and we need to close those schools that are not meeting the needs of the students," said Senate Education Chairwoman Florence Shapiro, R-Plano...

This August, nearly 16 percent of Texas charter systems were deemed "unacceptable," compared with just 3 percent of traditional districts. Just 1.3 percent of traditional districts earned "exemplary" ratings, compared with 3 percent of charter systems.

A handful of charters made headlines for serious financial and academic concerns. Three former employees of the defunct Prepared Table Charter School in Houston were sentenced to prison last year for helping defraud the government of $6 million. The Gulf Shores Academy and Alphonso Crutch charter schools have owed the state as much as $10.6 million and $1.6 million, respectively.

....That's been the problems with charter schools — very, very few of them have offered anything unique other than their privatized management. Most of them are structured like our neighborhood schools, they're just not doing as good of a job," said John O'Sullivan, secretary for the Texas Federation of Teachers.

Why, again, are taxpayers funding charter schools???

And, it will be interesting to see how Sid Miller votes on this, since his wife runs the low-performing "Erath Excels" charter school in Stephenville.

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