The Marlin school district near Waco is responding to alarmed parents who have received letters from the district explaining that the school’s accreditation has been withheld, again, by the Texas Education Agency, KWTX reported.
The Marlin school district faces the threat of closure for the fifth consecutive year, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
A Jan. 23 letter from Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath to the state-appointed board of managers and interim Superintendent Jean Bahney said the school district’s accreditation is revoked due to unacceptably low passage rates on statewide exams and that the district could close as early as July 1.
However, the newspaper also pointed out that Marlin schools have faced the same possibility for the past four school years but have continued operating under abatement agreements with the TEA since 2015.
Bahney requested a review of the accreditation status revocation, which TEA granted, KWTX reported.
She told the TV station that TEA does not currently consider Marlin a public school district.
“A status of’ ‘not accredited-revoked’ means the district exhibits deficiencies in performance that have led to the revocation of the district’s accreditation status,” Bahney said.
Marlin schools fared poorly on the 2018-19 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, a standardized test that the district has flunked for eight consecutive years.