The Harmful Impact to Neighborhood Schools and Communities by Charter School Expansion
In 2019-20 Dallas ISD funding was reduced by $270,952,500 due to charter schools.
In 2020-21 statewide in Texas $3.8 BILLION of taxpayer funding was diverted from local school districts (ISDs) to fund charter schools.
- this occurs without a single vote of local taxpayers,
- diverts funding from locally governed school districts, and
- funds a separate system of privately operated charter schools.
Charters have expanded rapidly to 835 campuses (pg 54) across Texas, primarily at the sole discretion of the appointed not elected Texas Education Agency Commissioner. (Charter expansion process briefly explained.)
Know the Facts in Texas
Compare ISDs and Charters: Setting the Record Straight
Recent Local Charter Updates: Coalition for Equity in Public Education
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, having passed 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 (meaning without your consent or oversight,
your tax dollars will be diverted here).
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.
July 20, 2020 - Uplift Wisdom Prep Charter was approved for expansion by the state, 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?
"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.
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