State to Take Over Southeast Texas School District

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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A troubled Southeast Texas school district is being taken over by the Texas Education Agency.

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced Monday he will appoint a board of managers to oversee the Beaumont Independent School District. Williams also announced he plans to name a new superintendent for the district.

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

Williams' decision comes 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.

A spokeswoman for the district did not immediately return an email seeking comment Monday.