Texas School Closings Rare, But Should They Be?

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In July, two Texas school districts received what amounted to notices of execution: letters from the state education commissioner saying that the Texas Education Agency was shutting them down.

The reason? Years of poor academics and financial mismanagement. The result? Their students — and their tax dollars — would go to neighboring districts, which many residents feared would have a cataclysmic effect on local communities.

It’s rare for the state to revoke the accreditation of an entire school district. Since 1995, it has only happened four times. The two districts marked for closure last summer, Premont ISD in South Texas and North ...

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