Proposed Sherman-Denison charter school moving forward after parent survey results

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Last week, we first told you about a charter school system that already serves 18,000 kids across two states looking for parent input on possibly bringing a campus to Sherman-Denison.

The school systems says that response was positive and they're going forward with the school.

The survey asked whether parents in Grayson County would send their kids to a classical education charter school.

Over 100 said they would. But not everyone's on board.

Responsive Education Solutions, the largest charter school system in Texas, wants to bring a classical education charter school to Sherman-Denison.

It teaches students grammar, logic and rhetoric, focusing on liberal arts, along with math and science.

"We wanted to provide them with a classical education."

Local parent Ben Crouse was planning to home-school his kids.

He has a 2-year-old and a newborn. He's been trying for years to get the Charter school to Grayson County.

"It's a curriculum option for parents to provide to children," Crouse said.

Charter schools are publicly funded -- per student -- with taxpayer money that would have gone to traditional public schools.

Denison ISD superintendent Henry Scott says even losing a few students would hurt.

He points out that the public doesn't vote on the board governing the charter schools.

"They're not accountable to the taxpayers," he said.

Some locals are worried too.

"It's like, where is the money coming from, and why are we taking money from established schools?" said Denison resident Chris Freeman.

And Scott said many students don't succeed in the charter schools and are sent back.

"In the state, 40 percent leave charter schools. Many return to public school," Scott said.

But Chief Education Architect Alan Wimberley says his campuses got a higher accountability ratings from that state than Sherman and Denison ISD's last year.

He said they're not allowed to pick and choose students.

"Parents are asking us, please come here. That's what motivates us," Wimberley said.

Responsive Education Solutions has already applied with the state and are considering local churches as possible options for the campus.

They could know as soon as April if they're approved, and once 150 students are registered, they can open up.

They want to start teaching as soon as 2020.



 
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