Texas Board of Ed rejects Great Hearts charter bid

By: News 12 Staff
By: News 12 Staff

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Board of Education has rejected Great Hearts Academies' charter school application to operate in Dallas.

With a 9-3 vote Friday, members reversed the state commissioner of education's recommendation that the Arizona-based charter operator be allowed to expand into Texas.

That followed lengthy debate, during which members raised questions about Great Hearts' past student retention rates, and whether it would truly serve economically disadvantaged students as promised.

The board used to have sole responsibility for approving charters. But a new law only lets it veto the commissioner's recommendations.

Last year, the Nashville school board defied a recommendation from the Tennessee Department of Education and rejected Great Heart's application.

Some feared the school was being located in an affluent part of Nashville, to cater to affluent families living nearby.

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