4 Texas Charter School Groups Had Copied Proposals 2/10/13
February 10, 2013
DALLAS - Four groups seeking to open charter schools in Texas turned in
applications last year that had sections copied from other applications and even
claimed parts of another school's public hearing summary as their own.
The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/1212u3X) reports that the
aspiring charter operators signed the applications attesting to their accuracy
with the hope of winning approval from the State Board of Education.
The newspaper said the board largely dismissed concerns about the copied
material. But the head of the public integrity unit of the Travis County
district attorney's office said the practice could be fraudulent.
Concerns about the vetting process for applications come as Gov. Rick Perry
and state lawmakers push to allow more charter schools, which receive more than
$1 billion in state funds each year.