Advocate editorial board opinion: Time to face closure, help students make change

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 10, 2011 at 3:10 a.m.

Not long ago, we wrote that "the key to success is good management and best business practices," pertaining to the Outreach Academy and its battle with the Texas Education Agency's decision to close the school.

We hoped that the school could appeal and get its books in order. That's not going to happen. The TEA says there is no appeal process at this juncture although that wasn't the first indication after an administrative law judge recommended closure of the Victoria school.

We found out that charter schools have different rules applied to them by the TEA. So the decision is final to close the school.

This comes as no surprise because the school has not handled its finances correctly since January 2003. The administration of Outreach Academy has had plenty of warning to straighten out its books and pay taxes, so any prospect of staying open is bleak.

At this point, we think it is wise to close the school and work with the Victoria school district or other districts to place Outreach's 300 youths - kindergarten through fifth grade - in class.

The students, sadly, are the ones who will suffer the most from this closure. The issue no longer is about Outreach Academy - it's about the students.

Please close and help those students make the necessary transition.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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