POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:56pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — A Tyler charter school is one of six recommended for revocation of their charter by the Texas Education Agency in 2014.
Azleway Charter School, located at 15892 County Road 26 in Tyler has been identified as a charter school that failed to meet its academic or financial accountability performance ratings for three consecutive years. It is unclear at this time which criteria Azleway failed to meet.
"We have a unique group at Azleway," Superintendent Steve Lenz tells KETK. "They are all Texas kids in crisis. There is an appeal in the process. And I will be requesting a hearing with the commissioner of education. Until then, we will be giving our children the best education there is."
According to the school's mission statement, Azleway "brings hope and opportunity to various children across the State of Texas at risk of not graduating with a high school education. Our mission is to provide a safe and secure home, a strong academic and practical education, and various treatment opportunities encompassing prevention and intervention strategies to help children and their families succeed in life."
Here is the official release from the Texas Education Agency:
The Texas Education Agency has identified six open-enrollment charter schools that meet the legislative criteria for mandatory revocation of their charter under Senate Bill 2. Revocation for all six would be effective June 30, 2014.
Passed during the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 2 requires mandatory revocation of a charter by the Commissioner of Education if a charter holder has failed to meet academic or financial accountability performance ratings for the three preceding school years. Failure can include three years in one specific area (academic or financial), or any combination of the two.
The six charter schools recommended for revocation of their charter under SB 2 include:
American Youthworks (Austin)
Azleway Charter School (Tyler)
Honors Academy (Farmers Branch)
Jamie's House Charter School (Houston)
Koinonia Community Learning Academy (Houston)
- Richard Milburn Academy (Suburban Houston Campus)
For the purposes of revocation, the initial three school years where academic performance ratings were considered included 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2012-2013. The school years where financial performance ratings were considered included 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
In addition to initiating revocation hearings, a conservator is being appointed to all six charter schools. The appointed conservator will be responsible for:
Overseeing the financial management and governance of the charter school to ensure the school complies with state and federal law;
Attending board meetings (including executive session) and directing the board as necessary to address the findings in a final report; and
Overseeing all close-out activities of the charter school.
All six schools received notice from the Commissioner this week. Each charter school can request an informal review regarding the decision to revoke. To initiate that process, the Texas Education Agency must receive written notice from the school by Jan. 15, 2014.
If the decision to revoke is upheld in an informal review, the issue would then be sent to the State Office of Administrative Hearings for a final hearing. In that instance, the decision of the administrative judge would be final and could not be appealed.
Background on Azleway Charter School from their website :
Azleway Charter School opened in 1988 as the Shamburger School to serve secondary-level residents. It now operates on three campuses and educates children from first grade through high school graduation. Azleway Charter School system serves approximately 150 students each day with well-equipped classrooms, myriad of technology, hands-on practical application, highly-qualified teachers, and a solid TEA-approved curriculum.
Because of the inherent educational gaps experienced by children in residential care, Azleway Charter School utilizes on-line credit recovery programs, low student-to-teacher ratios, and educators with additional special education training to increase student success, culminating in graduation and subsequent post-graduation opportunities.
Career and Technical Education
Azleway Charter School offers several vocational programs including Agriculture Science--with an emphasis on agriculture mechanics, welding and FFA-Auto Mechanics, and Building Trades. Students learn practical skills that will provide a marketable skill for future employment. Our vocational programs are not only popular among our students, they build practical skills, confidence, and self-esteem. At Azleway, all students have the opportunity to participate and excel in the area he/she enjoys the most while learning life-long skills.
Azleway's Mission Statement:
Azleway brings hope and opportunity to various children across the State of Texas at risk of not graduating with a high school education. Our mission is to provide a safe and secure home, a strong academic and practical education, and various treatment opportunities encompassing prevention and intervention strategies to help children and their families succeed in life.
Azleway attempts to heal the whole child in a loving and caring family-style atmosphere. Children are provided with opportunities and services that enable them to experience their childhood more fully and encourage them to grow into productive and contributing members of their communities.
Azleway is home to more than 1000 children each year who need a place to heal and thrive. Azleway is not just a home but an opportunity to recover, grow, learn and achieve.