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.
The Texas School Alliance (TSA) joins the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) in strong disagreement with Governor Abbott’s description of the controversy regarding identification of students in special education as an example of a “dereliction of duty” on the part of public school districts.
The Texas School Alliance welcomes the opportunity to openly and honestly discuss
the property tax burden on Texans that Governor Abbott highlighted in his recent
policy statement. While this is a complex issue about which reasonable minds can
differ, we wholeheartedly endorse the Governor’s statement on page 19.