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Longview ISD districtwide charter meetings attempt to clarify plans

The final planned meeting is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Longview High School.
Credit: Longview ISD

LONGVIEW, Texas — After three of four planned town hall-style meetings about converting the rest of Longview ISD’s campuses to a private charter school system, two things have become clear: Longview ISD has learned parents and others still have confusion and concerns about the idea, and patrons have learned there are still questions the district can’t answer.

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Parents’ concerns include what some see as a loss of choice if the district converts all its campuses to offer the same programs, continues its Montessori-only preschool and Kindergarten plan, and doesn’t increase transportation opportunities.

Among questions the district has struggled to answer is what beyond additional state funding the change will bring, how that additional funding will be spent, and exactly how budgeting and other governance will be accomplished under two charter boards overseen by the district board.

You can read more about this story from our news partners at the Longview News-Journal.