SBOE Blocks Great Hearts Charter School Expansion

The Texas State Board of Education on Friday denied an Arizona-based charter school's request for a Dallas campus, despite previous approval from the state's education commissioner. 

The 15-member board voted 9 to 6 to veto Great Hearts Academies' application because of concerns about the school's commitment to serving low-income students and teaching Texas curriculum standards. 

"I have no confidence, really, in the Great Hearts organization," said board member Mavis Knight, D-Dallas, who has led opposition to the school.

This is the first charter application cycle under a law passed during the 2o13 that shifted the primary responsibility ...

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