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Beaumont ISD Takes Steps to Form New Partnerships
Press Release
Friday, January 18, 2019

Beaumont, Texas — At its regularly scheduled meeting held January 17, 2019, the Beaumont ISD Board voted unanimously in favor of granting Superintendent Dr. John Frossard negotiating authority to finalize contracts with Responsive Education Solutions, Inc.(Responsive Ed) and Phalen Leadership Academies to manage in-district charter educational partnerships at three Improvement Required (IR) schools in an effort to prevent a state-mandated closure. “We are in the last stages of finalizing each proposal and contract,” said Dr. Frossard. “All documents will be submitted on or before February 4, 2019, to the Texas Education Agency. Once submitted, the partnership will be finalized and will go into effect with the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.”

The proposed partnership will allow Responsive Ed to manage the educational program at wwFehl-Price Elementary School and Phalen Leadership Academies to operate at Jones-Clark Elementary and Smith Middle Schools. Both organizations offer unique programs that will be beneficial for all students enrolled. “We want to be clear that these are not stand-alone programs and that we are offering an in-district charter program,” said Associate Superintendent Dr. Shannon Allen. The District is partnering with these two organizations. Students will remain enrolled in Beaumont ISD and will see little change as it relates to services provided. BISD is contracting with Responsive Ed and Phalen Leadership Academies to oversee the educational program of these three schools to ensure that they remain open to serve students in their community.

Without the formation of the aforementioned partnerships, the current accountability system calls for the closure of four and five-year IR campuses at the end of this school year. BISD is taking a proactive approach to prevent closure while creating unique opportunities to meet the educational needs of students. The in-district charter option is offered by way of Senate Bill 1882. Benefits of this legislation include a two-year reprieve from state accountability and additional funding. “By taking advantage of this opportunity, we can expedite the turn-around process for students and expend resources on other struggling campuses,” said Allen.

The District issued a Call for Quality Schools this summer and received over 30 applicants. Responsive Ed and Phalen Leadership Academies demonstrated a proven track record of student success. “We are confident that these two organizations will make a difference in the academic success of our schools,” explained Dr. Allen.

Proposal Details:

  • Both organizations have autonomy over staffing, curriculum, calendar, length of the school day and the overall educational program.
  • Responsive Ed will service approximately 535 students at Fehl-Price Elementary.
  • Phalen Leadership Academies will service approximately 623 students at Jones- Clark Elementary and 560 at Smith Middle.
  • Both Responsive Ed and Phalen Leadership Academies will have a length of term for five years with automatic renewal if the school achieves an A or B accountability rating.
To learn more about both organizations, click here. As information becomes available, updates will be provided.

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