What Local Taxpayers Should Know About the State’s $20 Billion Privatization Experiment – Diverting Local School District Taxes to Privately-Operated Charter Schools

In 1995, the Texas Legislature created our current “dual education” system by authorizing
privately-operated charter schools (“charters”) to simultaneously operate schools in the boundaries of school
districts. A charter is a private organization that is solely approved by the State to run separately managed schools
with taxpayer funds. As such, taxpayers are funding 2 separate school systems: their locally-governed school
district and State-approved, privately-operated charter schools.