SISD at risk for losing millions in funding if new charter schools reach capacity


Millions of dollars could be lost if new charter schools open within the boundaries of the Socorro Independent School District, administrators warn.

SISD will be taking up the issue during their regular board meeting Tuesday night. Currently, there are three new charter schools with multiple campuses set to open in the area; Harmony Science Academy, Idea Public Schools, and the Texas College Preparatory Academies. 

While official numbers are not exact and are only listed as current estimates to submit to the Texas Education Agency, the district says about $22 million would be lost in state funding if enrollment at the charter campuses reached full capacity. 

“We believe in public schools and we believe our students are best serviced in our school district. We just want to share the possible impact if we were to lose those students,” Marivel Macias, SISD Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services said. 

The item is on their agenda Tuesday as a public information matter. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the District Service Center Board Room located at 12440 Rojas Dr. in East El Paso. 

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