Board Of Education Bristles At Loss Of Charter School Authority

AUSTIN (April 17, 2013)--Conservative members of the State Board of Education aren’t happy with a high-profile proposal approved by the Texas Senate that would strip the board of its power to authorize new charter schools.

Senate Bill 2 expands the number of licenses to operate charter schools in Texas from 215 to 305 by September 2019, but one provision of the measure would shift the power to approve new charters from the Board of Education to the Texas education commissioner.

Commissioner Michael Williams addressed the start of the board's three-day meeting on Wednesday and he got an earful on the topic.

Williams said he never sought the authority.

Senate Bill 2 must still be approved in the Texas House.

Many Republican board members promised publicly to lobby the lower changer hard to change the authority back.

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