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Longview ISD has been informed by the Texas Education Agency that it has received Senate Bill 1882 certification on Monday, May 20.

TEA approves State Bill 1882 certification for Longview ISD

Mon May 20, 2019

Longview ISD has been informed by the Texas Education Agency that it has received Senate Bill 1882 certification on Monday, May 20.

With this certification, the district is now able to move forward with designating charter status for Forest Park Middle School, Bramlette, J.L. Everhart, Johnston-McQueen, and Ware elementary schools, as well as East Texas Montessori Prep Academy.

Senate Bill 1882 is an Act relating to a school district contract to partner with an open-enrollment charter school or other eligible entity to operate a district campus.

The Texas Legislature signed Senate Bill 1882 into effect during 2017 which incentivizes districts to work collaboratively with new and existing partners to promote innovation and dramatically improve student outcomes.

Longview ISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said "these Texas Partnerships offer districts the opportunity to expand the diversity of school options, bring in targeted expertise for innovation and turnaround support, and empower school leaders and partners with greater autonomy."

"Most importantly, effective partnerships give more students access to great schools," he said.

Under a Texas Partnership, the district authorizes a carefully selected partner to operate a school under a performance contract. The partner has responsibility for staff, curriculum, calendar, assessments, and other school-level decision-making while the district holds the partner accountable for academic and financial performance.

According to information provided by the Texas Education Agency, Senate Bill 1882 provides two benefits in order to encourage districts to use Texas Partnerships as an action to improve student outcomes:
1.) Approved partnerships may receive additional state funding for the partnership school, and
2.) Schools identified as Improvement Required (IR) under the 2017-2018 accountability rating are eligible to receive a two-year exemption from specific accountability interventions.

"This program can be utilized to take bold actions to improve schools and create new opportunities for schools and communities across the state," Wilcox added.

For more information about what Senate Bill 1882 certification means for Texas schools, please visit TXpartnerships.org or call (903) 381-2200.