We learned the other day (thanks to the Times) that some at EPISD may be considering operating or facilitating charter schools. We hope that the people at the Times realize that they have struck upon an opportunity to educate the public while selling more newspapers by covering this complex topic in depth with a number of articles.
Without regard to what the Times does, we intend to discuss the subject in several blog posts. We have learned that making our articles short and limiting them to one point works better with many of our readers.
As it turns out, Texas law allows school districts to operate in the charter format one of three ways:
- They can adopt a home-rule school district that applies to the entire district
- An individual campus can operate under its own charter
- The district can hire a private firm to run programs on school district property
The rules are complicated and vague and will be subject to much argument and probably lawsuits.
We will write about how these options can be adopted in future posts.
We deserve better