Charter Action! Updated - July 20, 2020
REGARDING 2020 CHARTER EXPANSIONS IN DALLAS ISD: Unfortunately, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath approved the Uplift Charter School expansion in both Dallas and Ft. Worth but Waxahachie Faith Family Academy (FFA) was DENIED.
Critical concerns regarding the Uplift Charter School expansion:
The estimated revenue loss is up to $100 million to Dallas ISD over 10 years.
Uplift serves fewer special education students and significantly fewer English learners and At-Risk students.
This expansion of Uplift Wisdom Prep is located 1.4 miles (< 5 minutes) from B rated DISD campus Umphrey Lee Elementary School, 0.4 miles (1 minute) from DISD’s Terry Elementary School (C rated), and 2.7 miles from DISD’s David W. Carter High School. Wisdom Prep is C rated and was Improvement Required the prior year under the name Pinnacle (State ID# 57803015).
Click to learn more about the charter expansion process.
Need a quick summary on charter schools in Texas? Setting the Record Straight
Watch this informative video about charter expansion in Texas. William Gumbert is a retired public finance expert who served as lead banker for his firm's financial advisory and bond underwriting engagements with Texas school districts.
To learn about the dangers of expanding charters and vouchers, read more from the Network for Public Education in School Privatization Explained.
Have you ever wondered how charter schools are used as investment vehicles at the expense of low income students and taxpayers? This blog by Steven Singer explains how.
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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