As mentioned earlier, there’s a bill pending in the Texas senate—SB2—that would have a big impact on charter schools in Texas. Key changes: raising the cap on the number of charters in Texas and creating an independent charter authorizer to evaluate new applications and close failing charters.
State Senator Dan Patrick, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, visited IDEA Carver in San Antonio on Friday to promote SB2 and discuss some recent tweaks that are intended to build consensus and support in the Texas House of Representatives.
- “The curious urbanite learns about school choice”, Bekah McNeel, Free Bekah, March 26, 2013.
- “Modified charter school bill heads for vote”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, March 24, 2013.
- “Texas lawmakers may lift cap on charter schools”, Jessie Degollado, KSAT 12, March 22, 2013.
- “Patrick: School Choice is About Empowering the Poor, Middle Class”, Jim Forsyth, WOAI Radio, March 22, 2013.