Four groups vying to open Texas charter schools turned in applications last year that had sections copied from other applications, even claiming parts of another school’s public hearing summary as their own...
The state board largely dismissed concerns about the copied material, and one board member called the practice “being smart.” But the head of the public integrity unit of the Travis County district attorney’s office said such practices could be fraudulent, though that office hasn’t been asked to investigate the charter applications...The News reviewed four years’ worth of charter school applications posted on the Texas Education Agency’s website. The applications for Athlos, International Leadership, iWin and Polaris had questions and answers in their public hearing summaries that were similar to what an Austin charter school had submitted a year earlier.John Armbrust, founder and executive director of Austin Achieve Public Schools, said he was shocked to see parts of his school’s public hearing summary copied almost verbatim. He said he never worked with Bracy Wilson or Help Charters.“It’s shameful is what it is,” Armbrust said. “I don’t appreciate people who take shortcuts to get to the end, because there are no shortcuts when you’re running a school...---------------Related articles
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“Four Texas charter school proposals contain copied passages.” Dallas Morning News (TX), 2/0/2013