Marlin ISD may go looking for charter-school leeway to help with low scores

After having its accreditation yanked for the second time in two years, the Marlin school district is considering turning to a new law that allows a public district to hand over some of its management to a charter school operator.

The intent isn’t to pacify the school-choice crowd, though – the move taps a provision in the new law that gives troubled schools that submit to charter management more time to turn themselves around.

“We don’t like calling it a charter, but we’re looking at doing what Hearne did, which would create a Marlin education foundation — a lot of districts have foundations — and then partner with that foundation and bring some expertise on that board to help with the elementary campus, and perhaps some others,” Marlin Superintendent Michael Seabolt said during a school board meeting this week, and published on

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