A PETITION TO THE MEMBERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN TEXAS TO VETO THE CHARTER APPLICATION FOR ROYAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
From the neighborhood school community of south central San Antonio:

We are parents, students, teachers, and community members who strongly support our neighborhood public schools in south and central San Antonio and believe in public education for all of our children. Now we ask the members of the State Board of Education for their support.

Royal Public Schools has submitted a charter application to open four new charter campuses in south and central San Antonio targeting Harlandale, Southside and South San Antonio school districts. If approved, these charter campuses will open at a time when parents, educators, and local school board members are working hard together to meet unique challenges and to strengthen our public schools.

Placing a new charter school in our community that we did not ask for will jeopardize what we have accomplished by draining critical funding from our neighborhood public schools. With new leadership in our districts, caring teachers, strong student and family support, and innovative academic programs, we are making progress, and we must do everything in our power to sustain our efforts.

NOW IS THE TIME TO STRENGTHEN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS, NOT TO UNDERMINE THEM. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS TO EDUCATE ALL CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE HUMBLY ASK THE MEMBERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO VETO ROYAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT THEIR MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2020.

1. WE KNOW that the majority of the members of Royal’s Board of Directors are residents of Houston, and that the two new Board members recently appointed from San Antonio do not live in our south and central San Antonio community.

2. WE KNOW that if Royal is approved, it will drain millions of dollars from our neighborhood public schools and may result in funding cuts to staff, programs, and student and family support – which are all critical to the academic success of our children.

3. WE KNOW firsthand that charter schools do not accept or educate all students. They may exclude students with any discipline history, and most fail to provide transportation for students which screens out many children who must rely on buses from their neighborhood public schools because their parents do not have reliable transportation.

4. WE KNOW from TEA data that when charters screen out certain students, our neighborhood public schools, that accept all children, will serve significantly more students with challenges – a higher percentage of students with special needs; at-risk students; English Learners; economically disadvantaged students; and students with dyslexia.

5. WE KNOW about the promises that charter schools make. What is not so widely known are the numbers of students who return to our neighborhood public schools every year because the promises made by charter schools are not kept.

6. WE KNOW that our neighborhood schools, with their sense of community and caring and strong support services that help our students and families, are the best education options for our children.
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