Texas State Education Commissioner Robert Scott announced plans for expanding high-performing charter schools throughout the state.
With 215 charters, Texas has reached the maximum number allowed by the State Board of Education. Scott intends to change the cap.
Expect more states to follow suit as the federal government prepares to dangle the stimulus money carrot in front of states:
News about the charter expansions comes as the federal government is set to announce eligibility rules for stimulus money under a newly established $4 billion innovation initiative called Race to the Top. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he will look more favorably on states without caps on charter school numbers.