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AISD terminates contract with IDEA

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Austin ISD board members voted 5-4 to end their contract with IDEA charter schools Monday night. This just four months after they made the controversial decision to partner with IDEA at Allen Elementary.

Monica Guzman was one of at least 30 people who addressed the board on the issue.

"IDEA current special needs and English language learners are not receiving the services to which they are entitled," Gunman said.

Since the board partnered with IDEA dozens of Allen students were pulled out of the school. The issue divided the east Austin community.

Based on Monday's vote, AISD's partnership with IDEA will end in June when the school year is over. At that point charter announced Tuesday they will move to a new private campus.

"Eventually our plan here in Austin is to have a full scale K-12 campus and so next year we'll add 3rd graders and 7th graders the following year we'll add 4th grade and 8th grade all the way until we have K-12 feeder pattern which really supports children all the way through college," said IDEA Executive Director Larkin Tackett.

IDEA Allen currently has more than 500 students in K-2nd grade and 6th grade and more than 50-staff members.

For parents who support the less traditional way of charter schools the announcement is good news.

"We really like that there is an accelerated reading program that is diagnostics testing and is able to tell us per year per month where our child is, they also do a great job of blending technology into the traditional classroom," said parent Brandee Davis.

While AISD ended their contract with IDEA, they did vote to make Travis Heights Elementary an in-district charter school next year.

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