Good place to remind that Sid Miller, Tx House Dist 59, FOUGHT AGAINST charter school legislation that would have not only raised standards for charter schools but made them more accountable. Gee, could the fact that his wife runs a charter school, Erath Excels, have anything to do with that?
No one knows how much of the $750,000 that a defunct Dallas charter school owes Texas taxpayers will be recovered, state education officials said Wednesday.
When Lynacre Academy shut its doors Friday, school leaders had been in talks with the Texas Education Agency for two years about returning money that the state awarded the school based on inflated attendance figures in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 academic years.
TEA Commissioner Robert Scott said it's not uncommon for schools to overestimate attendance figures before a school year begins. But most districts settle up with the state the following summer and return the state funds they received for students who never attended school.
Lynacre Academy filed for bankruptcy before paying its debt. So, TEA is now one of several creditors lined up looking for its money.
Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, has repeatedly filed charter school reform bills that passed the Senate, only to fail on the House side – including a measure last year to make it easier to shut down charter schools with a history of academic or financial problems.
That bill was targeted by one House member – Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville – whose wife founded and operated a troubled charter school in Stephenville.
"It's been very frustrating," Ms. Shapiro said of her efforts to strengthen charter school requirements. "We need to put tougher standards in place that would allow us to close schools like [Lynacre Academy] before they reach this point."