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TEA takeover of BISD moves forward

A Travis County judge today has ruled in favor of a Texas Education Agency takeover of the Beaumont Independent School District.

The judge denied the district's request for a temporary injunction against the TEA.  The court said that the district is not likely to succeed in trial in convincing the court of the district's interpretation of the law.  As a result, the judge said he does not have to address the question as to whether the appointment of a board of mangers will cause the plaintiffs irreparable harm.

District Attorney Cory J. H. Crenshaw issued the following statement in response to the ruling

"As our criminal investigation moves forward, cooperation and candor continue to be paramount and a change in leadership is absolutely necessary to facilitate that. With that said, we applaud the effort of Commissioner Michael Williams and his agency and believe that the court in Austin made the best decision based upon the facts and law. We look forward to continuing our mission and seeing to it that those who have harmed our children's future are swiftly brought to justice."Task Force Hotline: (409) 926-9830

BISD officials went to Travis County earlier this week as part of their battle with the Texas Education Agency to try and stop a TEA takeover of the district.

Board President Gwen Ambres, Board Trustee Janice Brassard and Superintendent Timothy Chargois traveled to Austin as part of an effort to have a judge extend, or make permanent, a restraining order that prevents the TEA from replacing the current elected board of trustees with an appointed board of managers.

On May 16, 261st District Court Judge Lora Livingston granted BISD a temporary restraining order that prevented the TEA from installing a board of managers.  That TRO has been effect until now.

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