Texas Needs to Clean Up Existing Charter Schools Before Issuing New Ones

    (AUSTIN, TEXAS) Raise Your Hand Texas released the following statement from CEO Dr. David Anthony regarding the introduction of charter schools legislation (SB 2) today by Senate Education Committee Chair Dan Patrick (R-Houston):

    On proposal to remove the charter cap:

    “Unlimited expansion of charters as proposed in SB 2 will result in more charters, but not
    necessarily better ones. With 17.9% of charters rated academically unacceptable under the accountability system in 2011, let’s show that we can effectively oversee the charter schools that we have before authorizing the creation of a bunch of new ones.”

    On facilities funding for charter schools:

    “According to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas expended $938 million on
    charters in 2011-2012 to serve 3% of Texas students. We simply can’t fathom providing
    facilities funding for charter schools in addition to the funding that they already receive when Texas public schools are still suffering from $5.3 billion in funding cuts.”

    Shannon Ratliff


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