CALL TO ACTION: TXSBOE does not support a supermajority requirement for our existing authority to veto approval of a new open-enrollment charter school.
SB 28, may be heard as early as tomorrow on the Senate Floor.
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The Texas State Board of Education does not support a supermajority requirement for the SBOE's existing authority to veto approval of a new open-enrollment charter school.
A supermajority requirement disenfranchises a majority of Texas voters.
The SBOE is the only elected body with any oversight regarding the approval of new charter school chains, schools which will cost Texas $8.5 billion in state revenue in the next two years. A supermajority requirement allows a small group on the board to control the lucrative award to a private entity of what is essentially creating an entirely new school district in this state. Limiting the fifteen elected members – a body representative of Texas's very diversity – to decide by supermajority vote would exacerbate our children's educational segregation and disenfranchisement.
The SBOE believes it is imperative that its veto authority be expanded to include charter expansion amendments, which account for the vast majority of charter growth. Providing that the veto is expanded in this way, the board would be open to consideration of the following general limitations on veto authority.
The Texas State Board of Education voted in its legislative agenda to request veto powers over charter expansion amendments in 2020. The TXSBOE has made no agreements to limit its existing authority to veto new charter applicants.
Please see the proposal sent to the Lt. Governor's office, to follow. We offered a proposal of limits of reasons for vetoes of initial charters - only if veto authority is granted for charter expansion amendments, but we did not agree to a supermajority limitation. I therefore respectfully urge you to oppose SB28.
These considerations, focused on students' and taxpayers' best interests, will give charter applicants and existing charter school operators clearer information about the metrics for consideration of requests to establish or expand a charter school. Transparency and public review, and input on these requests, will provide the public with the assurances that charter schools in Texas provide the student equity and educational quality that our students deserve.
The State Board of Education veto of an open-enrollment charter school application or amendment request will be limited to the following considerations to ensure student equity, academic performance, financial responsibility, and ethical transparency:
TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS
Georgina C. Pérez