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BISD officials fight state take over at record review hearing in Austin

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 11:00 PM CDT
Several Beaumont school district officials made a trip to Austin Friday where they testified at a Texas Education Agency hearing.

It was the district's chance to argue against the TEA's decision to lower its accreditation, and to replace the superintendent and school board.

A long list of witnesses had been signed up to testify. Only a few actually did, but the hearing still lasted the full four hours.

Attorneys for the district compared the commissioners decision to to lower the accreditation status and elevate Fred Shafer from special education monitor to conservator to a nuclear bomb.

District officials also complained that they were not given enough time to make improvements, following the TEA's investigation.

For it's part, the TEA said superintendent Timothy Chargois failed to handle the district's finances and special education programs. A decision could come next week.

If BISD's accreditation status is not lowered the commissioner cannot replace the school board with a board of managers.BISD officials fight state take over at record review hearing in Austin

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