Legislation Expands School Choice with Quality Charter Schools
AUSTIN – State Representative Paul Workman applauds yesterday's final passage of Senate Bill 2 by the Texas House of Representatives and Senate.
"This legislation is an important component in expanding school choice for Texas families," said Representative Workman. "I was glad to see it pass with strong, bipartisan support in both chambers."
Currently, the number of charters that can be awarded in Texas is arbitrarily capped at 215. In November 2012, there 209 charters already awarded, leaving only six slots remaining. S.B. 2 will gradually raise this cap. Charter schools serve more than 150,000 students across Texas with more than 100,000 students on waiting lists.
S.B. 2 streamlines the process for granting new charters and also strengthens the state's ability to shutter poorly performing charters.
"This measure to increase availability, quality, and transparency of our charter schools is an important step in the right direction for the schoolchildren of Texas," concluded Representative Workman.