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.