These waivers aren’t a “regular” occurrence — they’re very uncommon.
- The commissioner has issued 17 waivers over the past 10 years.
- From those 17 waivers, 12 expansion applications were approved and 11 charter school campuses opened.
- There are 921 charter school campuses in Texas, so these 11 schools represent only 1% of charter schools in the state. It’s clear this is not a “regular” occurrence, as the article claims.
The schools that have opened aren’t “low-performing” — they’re performing quite well.
- Of the 11 charter school campuses that opened, only three received “unacceptable” ratings in their first two years — while seven of the schools were rated A or B.
- All three of those campuses have improved their performance since.
The process for public charter school expansion doesn’t “lack oversight” — it’s extremely rigorous and gets results to match.
- TEA’s criteria for public charter school expansion are strict. Hundreds of Texas’s traditional school districts wouldn’t meet them.
- Of all recently expanded charter schools, 97% have received an A, B, or C rating — with 86% earning an A or a B.
- These public charter schools are often among the highest performers in Texas. For example, about 40% of them earned academic distinction in ELA/reading, compared to 25% of all public schools statewide.