Texas House Committee Evaluates Charter Schools

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Texas House Public Education committee is gathering to discuss the success and failure of charter schools statewide.

Members on Friday were evaluating what works at the best charter schools and how those lessons can be applied to charter schools that aren't successful.

Charter schools were first approved in Texas in 1995 and are allowed to operate with fewer legal restrictions than regular public schools so as to allow for innovation.

Current law caps the number of open-enrollment charter schools in the state at 215.

Some Republicans have clamored for the number to be increased. But critics point to existing charter schools that are struggling with low student and teacher performance and argue existing charter schools should be approved before new ones are allowed.

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