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State representative calls on TEA to delay revocation of Azleway's charter

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - State Rep. Matt Schaefer on Wednesday called on the Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams to delay the charter revocation of Azleway Charter School in Tyler.

The revocation was upheld Tuesday by a judge in the State Office of Administrative Hearings. The decision means the school is no longer eligible to receive state or federal funding. The 26-year-old school, which  is home to about 150 students, operates three campuses and educates children from first grade through high school.

Azleway currently has an appeal pending with the Third Court of Appeals in Austin.

Schaefer said the timing of the revocation would be harmful to all parties involved, including Chapel Hill Independent School District, which would absorb many Azleway students.

"Students at Azleway have already started school for the year and with Chapel Hill ISD getting ready to start school next week, there is not enough time for them to prepare for additional students." Schaefer said, adding that any action taken should be done with the best interest of the students in mind.

“A tremendous amount of harm could be done by moving responsibility for these students on such short notice after school has already started,” Schaefer said.

“If the revocation does take place, there should be a formal transition plan which gives everyone involved adequate time to prepare.”

Azleway officials were notified in December that the charter would be revoked under a new law that was in effect this past year. Under that law, the Texas Education Agency is required to revoke charters after three straight years of poor financial and/or academic ratings.

Rated "Academically Unacceptable" for the 2010-11 school year, Azleway was also assigned a “Substandard Achievement” rating for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

Tuesday's decision follows several months of legal work to save the school's charter.

The revocation does not affect Azleway Boys' Home, which is a separate entity.

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