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How probationary accreditation status of BISD affects students applying for college

BEAUMONT- By Jennifer Gordy

Some BISD students and their parents tonight  are focusing on another part of the takeover,  the district's accreditation.  The Education Commissioner lowered the status to accredited-probation because of financial problems and other concerns state investigators have raised. 
Parent Lubna Elahi has plenty of questions for those in charge.
"Is their application not going to be honored as before?  Will they be considered second class citizens? What's going to happen to their transcripts?  Are they still going to valid as before?"
Elahi is the mother of a West Brook High School junior.
Her daughter is beginning the college application process. Among the possibilities: Rice and UT.

The director of admissions at the University of Texas at Austin and an admissions officer at Rice University say BISD's probationary status will not affect an individual's admissibility including the current automatic acceptance of the top 7% at the University of Texas. The accredited-probation status shouldn't affect BISD students applying for entrance to Lamar University.

Director of Academic Services James Rich says, "Any student that does in fact meet our standard is accepted. So, a student applying this year from bisd or next year will find no difference in the way they are assessed this year than last year."
State Representative Joe Deshotel says the Education Commissioner's decision to lower BISD's accredition is merely a technicality.

State Rep. Joe Deshotel, "Having accreditation lowered to that status that was necessary in order to appoint a board of managers.  Otherwise, there was not the authority to appoint a board of managers.  So, that's what it was done."

Deshotel says the accreditation change will not affect the students.
"It's not to the extent that it's going to affect graduation diplomas.  There will be no notation on the diploma that it's unaccredited because this district is not unaccredited." A district.. where students' futures should be 'unlimited', while management's days appear numbered.


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