The political demand for new charter schools in Texas appears to have outpaced the actual supply, at least for now.
Only four charter school startups passed muster last month with Education Commissioner Michael Williams, who had 12 openings to fill. The State Board of Education may still veto any of Willliams’ picks for the new, privately managed public schools.
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Changing charter school climate
Recent policy changes could foster a better environment for charter school expansion in Texas:
- Cap on new charters rising gradually from 215 to 305.
- Education commissioner responsible for approving new charters, though State Board of Education retains the authority to veto any of the commissioner’s selections.
- State’s authority to close low-performing charter schools bolstered.
- Renewal of good charter schools streamlined.
- Debt issued by a select group of charter schools may get the backing of the state’s $28 billion education endowment, which will improve their bond rating and lower their borrowing costs.