Judge upholds Azleway charter revocation

Published on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:42 - Written by

BY EMILY GUEVARA

eguevara@tylerpaper.com

The decision to revoke Azleway Charter School’s charter has been upheld.

In a decision released today, administrative law Judge William G. Newchurch upheld Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ decision to revoke the Tyler area charter school’s charter.

It is unclear what, if any, immediate effect this decision will have. The charter school's three campuses started classes for this school year last week, and school officials had been fighting the revocation in Travis County District Court and the Third Court of Appeals.

Azleway operates three campuses: at Chapel Hill, Big Sandy and Willow Bend. The process for revocation was established under Senate Bill 2. The law requires revocation if a charter holder fails to meet certain academic or financial standards for the three preceding school years.

Azleway received an "Academically Unacceptable" rating during the 2010-11 school year, and a financial accountability performance rating of "Substandard Achievement" during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

School officials contended that some of these ratings were incorrect. However, Azleway officials have been preparing for this possibility and talking with other nearby school districts regarding the future of Azleway students.

About 150 students ages 6 to 23 attended the three Azleway campuses, according to information provided by the school in February.

The revocation decision does not affect the Azleway boys’ homes, which are a separate entity.