State: Five SA Charter Schools Don't Meet Standards And Should Lose Charter

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City Center Health Careers charter school worked collaboratively with San Antonio Cultural Arts and other nonprofits to create the neighborhood mural. The state has recommended revoking City Center Health Careers' charter. - PHOTO BY ALBERT SALAZAR
  • Photo by Albert Salazar
  • City Center Health Careers charter school worked collaboratively with San Antonio Cultural Arts and other nonprofits to create the neighborhood mural. The state has recommended revoking City Center Health Careers' charter.

The Texas Education Agency has named five San Antonio charters on its list of 14 identified campuses that don't meet financial or academic standards required by the Texas Legislature.

Under Senate Bill 2 passed in 2013, the Commissioner of Education is required to recommend that charters be revoked if schools don't meet the standards for three consecutive years in a row. Failure can include three years in one specific area, academic or financial, or any combination of the two, according to Lauren Callahan, spokesperson for the TEA. All five campuses in San Antonio failed some combination of the standards over the last three years.

Here's a breakdown of each SA school:
  • Academy of Careers and Technologies Charter School: three consecutive years of substandard financial rating; one year of substandard academic rating;
  • City Center Health Careers: three consecutive years of failed academic rating; one year of substandard financial rating;
  • Henry Ford Academy Alameda School For Art + Design: two consecutive years of low academic rating; one year of poor financial rating;
  • Higgs, Carter, King Gifted & Talented Charter Academy: one year of low financial rating followed by two years of low academic ratings;  
  • San Antonio Technology Academy: two years of substandard financial rating followed by one year of poor academic rating.
Callahan said each campus is given the opportunity to appeal the commissioner's ruling. Last year, which was the first year that the TEA recommended charter revocations per the three-year rule passed by the Legislature, the agency identified six campuses and all six appealed. No San Antonio schools made the list last year.


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