TEA takes charge at troubled charter school

May 27, 2010 2:24:49 PM PDT
The Texas Education Agency is reportedly taking over a local charter school where a teacher was caught on video beating a student. It happened at Jamie's House Charter School in north Harris County. The teacher involved was fired. A co-worker who stood by and watched the beating was also fired.

A TEA investigation found weaknesses in the school's disciplinary system. At their strong encouragement, the school hired two licensed peace officers last week who are on the campus daily to help maintain order.

The TEA has now assigned a conservator who will primarily work with the school to develop and implement policies and procedures primarily related to discipline management. According to the TEA, the conservator will have the authority to overrule actions by the superintendent or school board, if necessary.

The principal released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying the school plans to hire a consultant to assist with everything.


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