Posted: Aug 23, 2013 8:25 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2013 8:25 AM
GARLAND, Texas (AP) Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams was so impressed with plans for students at a new Dallas-area charter school to be taught in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese that he traveled from his Austin office to offer best wishes.
Williams attended an open house Thursday for International Leadership of Texas school, which opens charter school campuses Monday in Garland and Arlington, The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/12uy2OW ) reported.
"I came to praise the good in advance of you doing it," Williams told the audience that filled an auditorium. He saluted school leaders for their plans to make students multilingual and prepare them "for a world that might be a tad bit bigger than Garland, Texas."
International Leadership was one of eight charters approved by the State Board of Education last year. The charter school accepted about 2,900 students in kindergarten through 10th grade; it received about 6,000 applications.
Superintendent Eddie Conger, a retired Marine and former high school principal in the Dallas Independent School District, thanked current and former state board members for or supporting his school's proposal.
"If they had not voted for the merits of it, we would not be here today," Conger said.
Denise Toliver of Rowlett, a parent, said she was impressed by the school's diversity and mission.
"Leadership for a global world is exactly what we're looking for," Toliver said.
Charter schools in Texas are publicly funded but privately managed.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com