Charter Expansion Updates
The State Board of Education vetoes a record 4 of 7 new charter applications
June 25, 2021
The State Board of Education vetoed a record number of 2021 charter applications on June 25, 2021. The Board turned down four of the seven applications that were awarded by the Commissioner during the 2021 charter application process.
Rocketship Texas was the most controversial applicant and the vote was close at 8-7. Rocketship is a California-based charter chain. Its charter management organization (CMO) will manage most of the major functions of the Texas Rocketship charter school including instruction and almost all financial and accounting operations and receive 10 percent all Rocketship Texas revenues.
September 20, 2020
On September 11, 2020 the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) approved five of the eight charters proposed by TEA Commissioner Morath.
While the 2021 ILT and Uplift cases required city zoning approval because they were new building requests, most charter expansion is unlimited, has very little public notice and no venue for public input. Charters have expanded rapidly to 750 campuses across Texas, primarily at the sole discretion of the appointed not elected Texas Education Agency Commissioner. Learn about the charter expansion process.
July 20, 2020 - Uplift Wisdom Prep Charter was approved for expansion, yet in 2018 the campus was rated Improvement Required (under the name Pinnacle, state ID# 57803015).
Uplift serves fewer special education students and significantly fewer English learners and At-Risk students.
From just Uplift Wisdom Prep, the estimated revenue loss is up to $100 million to Dallas ISD over 10 years.
The expansion of Uplift Wisdom Prep is located 1.4 miles (< 5 minutes) from B rated DISD campus Umphrey Lee Elementary School.
What is the Charter Impact to Dallas ISD?
Compare Independent School Districts and charters in Texas? Setting the Record Straight
William Gumbert is a retired investment banker who spent 32 years in Texas public finance. See his presentation to CyFair ISD on the charter school impact to Texas.
Charter Schools Approved/Vetoed by SBOE
List of Charters Vetoed
List of Charters Approved
"Recent state legislation, SB 1882, championed by public school privatizers, creates a lucrative incentive for underfunded districts to receive the charter per-pupil advantage only if the democratically elected board hands over governance to a privately operated charter school." TexasAFT Charter School Facts
DISD History with Charter Partnerships
In 2019, Dallas ISD Board of Trustees passed Charter Partnerships, despite strong opposition from the community.
Here's a brief post about the initial passage of charter partnerships at the February 28, 2019 Board meeting.
Here is a link to some of the background information regarding the initial charter partnership proposal.
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