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Charter schools became a part of the Texas educational system in 1995. In 2009, universities and junior colleges were brought into the picture, following an amendment to the Texas Education Code allowing institutions to develop charter districts. That change in the code paved the way for a rapidly increasing number of university-affiliated charter schools around the state. In 2014, there were 189 charters awarded and 613 campuses operating within the state of Texas. There are currently 14 charter schools within The University of Texas System.
The University of Texas at Tyler has been successfully operating the UT Tyler Innovation Academy for four years. With an enrollment of around 600 students across three campuses, the UT Tyler Innovation Academy uses a STEM-focused approach to prepare students to enter high-demand fields. In this webinar, UT Tyler’s Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer Dr. Michael Odell and Chief Legal Officer Michael Donley will discuss the benefits of university-run charter schools. They will also explore the legal, operational, and academic challenges faced by institutions as they delve into charter school development