Amarillo Charter School Merges with Others

- AMARILLO -- A troubled charter school in Amarillo merges with several others.

    The Amarillo campus of the Richard Milburn Academy (RMA) was allowed to join five other schools in moving to the Killeen charter district.

    So what does this mean for Amarillo students?

    The RMA Amarillo campus has had it's problems since opening in 2001.

    Most recently, the alternative high school has been labeled an accredited-warned school.

    They were given that label earlier this year because of their financial accountability rating.

    The Amarillo campus was also labeled as a priority three school  late last year because it's graduation rate fell below 60%.

    Texas Education Agency spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson says Amarillo joins other RMA campuses in Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Midland, Odessa and Lubbock in the Killeen charter school district.

    "They will still be a Texas public charter school subject to the rules and requirements of the Texas Education code and the policies of the Texas Education Agency."  Culbertson said.

    Culbertson says students shouldn't notice any difference.

    But, that can change if the Amarillo campus doesn't improve its financial situation and graduation rate.

    A TEA monitor has been assigned to the school to help them identify and address their problems.

    If the Amarillo campus does not improve, they could be placed on probation or have their charter revoked.

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