State Takes Over Texas School District

BEAUMONT (April 14, 2014) Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced Monday he will appoint a board of managers to oversee district and said he plans to name a new superintendent for the district.

This is a critical time for the district and its students, as well as for the community as a whole,” Williams wrote in a letter to the district’s superintendent and board president.

“The magnitude of the findings, the serious nature of the ongoing and systemic operating deficiencies facing the district, and the importance of preventing further harm to the welfare of the Beaumont ISD’s students and to the public interest compel me to appoint a board of managers at this time.”

The TEA said the Beaumont school district's accreditation status will be lowered to "accredited-probation."

Williams' decision came after two recent TEA investigations that revealed problems with special education services provided to students with disabilities and a breakdown in the management of the district's finances.

Williams said the board of managers and the new superintendent will be appointed by June 15.

“For quite some time now, local district leadership has had various warnings and multiple opportunities to address the many troubling issues surrounding the Beaumont Independent School District,” Williams said.

“The people of Beaumont have waited patiently for action, but made it very clear to me that they are now ready to restore the damaged reputation of their local school district.”

The district, which has almost 20,000 students, didn’t immediately comment.

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