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Board Of Education Bristles After Losing Approval

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Conservative members of the State Board of Education were bristling at a high-profile proposal approved by the Texas Senate that strips the body of its power to authorize new charter schools.          

Senate Bill 2 expands the number of licenses to operate charter schools in Texas from 215 to 305 by September 2019.   

However, a lesser-known provision would shift the power to approve new charters from the Board of Education to the Texas education commissioner.

Commissioner Michael Williams addressed the start of the board's three-day meeting on Wednesday and got an earful on the topic. Williams said he never sought the authority.

The bill must still be approved in the Texas House.

Many Republican board members promised publicly to lobby the lower changer hard to change the authority back.

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