Next steps in Azleway's fight to stay open

Next steps in Azleway's fight to stay open

Tyler (KYTX) -- New information on Azleway Charter School's fight to stay open. School leaders are preparing for a hearing with the state-- and believe after some errors come to light the decision to revoke its charter--will be reversed.

The Commissioner of Education recently denied Azleway's request to appeal the decision to revoke its charter. It's been referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

"I think he has had his hands tied in many respects because he's trying to comply with the law," Gary Duke, CEO of Azleway, Inc., said.

Duke explains as far as the unacceptable financial rating, there may have been an error when filling out a TEA form.

"It's just really a tragedy in many ways for these kids," Duke said.

Duke says they are having counsel and administrators ready to testify for the upcoming hearing. And they aren't the only ones getting ready.

"If that appeal is not granted and they do officially lose their charter, we want to be fully prepared to educate those students. We're ready, willing and able," Dr. Donni Cook, Superintendent of Chapel Hill ISD, said.

About 150 Azleway students would become students of Chapel Hill ISD, but because classrooms are pretty full, one possibility is continuing to provide education on the Azleway campus.

"What we did in the past is take over. We provide textbooks, all the instructional things, we provide the staff," Cook said.

Cook says she's not worried about the possible closure having a negative impact on the school's accountability ratings since students in a residential treatment facility like Azleway are not included in those ratings.

The hearing date, where a decision will be final, has not yet been set.


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