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Another round of heavy rain moving through portions of SE Texas today. Some heavy showers and thunderstorms were as far north as China and Nome this morning. By this evening most of the rain will start to move out. Highs today will reach the mid 80's. Our coverage of showers goes down to 50% for Friday with highs in the upper 80's.
TEA upholds decision to appoint conservator, lower accreditation for BISD
AUSTIN/BEAUMONT - The Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency has confirmed Education Commissioner Michael Williams' decision to elevate Special Education Monitor Fred Shafer to Conservator and to lower the district's accreditation to Accredited-Probation.
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The Record Review hearing did not include the Commissioner's decision to replace school trustees with a Board of Managers nor his decision to replace the BISD Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Chargois.
He intended to do that by June 15.
"Following a fair and impartial review of the facts, I am pleased that my decision to lower the accreditation status of the Beaumont Independent School District and to appoint a conservator in the district has been upheld," said Commissioner Michael Williams in response to the Record Review decision. "Unfortunately, my decision to appoint a board of managers and an interim superintendent continues to be delayed in court proceedings brought forth by the current board at the expense of Beaumont taxpayers. However, I remain confident that when the district's legal maneuvers have all been exhausted, a board of managers will be put in place to begin the overdue job of restoring community faith and confidence in the Beaumont Independent School District."
The district has appealed the takeover decision and received a judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order blocking the move.
A hearing on Temporary Injunction is set for Tuesday, June 17. KFDM's Leslie Rangel and Chief Photographer Troy Harper are covering the court case in Austin. Watch KFDM News and stay with kfdm.com for updates and reaction.