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BISD record review over, officials await decision

Beaumont Independent School District officials were back in Austin Thursday fighting to hold on to power.  They are appealing a proposed state takeover that Commissioner of Education Michael Williams ordered in April.

School officials have already lost two appeals, and this is expected to be strike three.  BISD had a record review last month, contesting the Texas Education Agency’s lowering of the district’s accreditation.  The hearing officer ruled against the district.

District officials then tried to stop Commissioner Williams from replacing the elected Board of Trustees with an appointed Board of Managers by taking Commissioner Williams to court.  The judge ruled against BISD, so Thursday's hearing was possibly the last stand at the record review in front of a Texas Education Agency officer.

The TEA says BISD has been financially mismanaged.  BISD argues it has not been given enough time to fix things.
If BISD loses, the commissioner will take swift action and replace the current trustees with the appointed board.  A ruling from today’s hearing is expected next week.

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