Nearly half of Texas charters avoid state ratings this year

07/13/2004 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Budget cuts at the Texas Education Agency are keeping 89 of the state's 185 charter schools from being graded this year. Samantha Smoot, president of a group opposed to state funding of charters, questions the wisdom of not closely scrutinizing the alternative schools, many of which fared poorly in last year's ratings.

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