In the city of Progreso, a state judge grants the school district a temporary restraining order against the Texas Education Agency.
The move comes after the tea recommended the firing of all school board members and the superintendent. Progreso ISD is fighting back with a lawsuit.
In September, a special investigation led by the Texas Education Commissioner found that Progreso ISD failed to meet accreditation requirements. DeEtta Culbertson spoke to FOX 2 about what they found.
“The board of trustees failed to perform its duty to govern, administer and oversee management of the district funds. It was beginning to affect students and the district as a whole.”
On December 30, newly sworn in Texas Education Commissioner, Mike Morath, announcing the superintendent and all 7 school board members would be replaced, as well as the district’s accreditation status be lowered to ‘accredited warned’ reflecting the quality and reputation of the district.
“We put out evidence, and convinced the hearing officer that the current board, the people that are in charge of the district now, that he’s seeking to remove, have done nothing illegal, and are fully cooperating with the Texas Education Agency.”
This week a temporary restraining order was granted in favor of Progreso ISD, meaning TEA cannot replace the superintendent, or school board. A hearing will be held January 19, and a trial may follow within the next 6 to 8 months.