TEA: Two charter schools in Central Texas to open for 2025-26 school year

A student works on a math book in a school classroom (Nexstar, file)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Education Agency announced that the State Board of Education voted to open some charter schools in Texas to the public following a recommendation by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath to grant Generation 29 charter schools.

The TEA announced that the following four Generation 29 charter school applicants are expected to begin classes in Texas public schools in the 2025-26 school year, subject to their approval:

Infinite Minds Charter School (Arlington)
Pathway Academy (Big Spring)
The Texas Girls School (Austin)
Unparalleled Preparatory Academy (Manor)

According to TEA, the board has declined to grant a charter to Visionary STEM Academy (Terrell).

While the application process is complete, the four charter schools will discuss contingencies with the TEA before signing contracts. Those contingencies include a review of curriculum alignment with state standards and clarification of policies, personnel and board charters, according to the release.

According to the TEA, 8% of Texas public school students attend one of 179 open enrollment charter schools at 886 locations in Texas.