By Betsy Denson

In January, board members of Heritage Classical Academy, a proposed tuition-free public charter school in the area, offered an information session at the White Oak Convention Center to detail their plans to apply for a charter for the 2021-22 school year.

On Sept. 11, the State Board of Education voted against the application.

“While we are disappointed in this outcome, we couldn’t be more pleased in the rally cry we heard from each of you over the past year as we worked to bring HCA to Houston,” said a statement on its website. “Our team will be gathering together in the coming weeks and should there be next steps, you – our faithful supporters – will be the first to know.”

A Texas Tribune article said the Texas State Board of Education vetoed three out of eight new charter school operators seeking to open schools across the state. A no-action vote on the other five essentially approved them.

“A denial and a veto in most cases is a delay … and maybe you’re coming back 365 days from now and maybe getting it approved,” Houston’s Lawrence Allen, a Democrat, told the Texas Tribune before he voted to veto Heritage Classical Academy, which would have been in his district.

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