Texas education officials have dismissed a wide-ranging complaint against the state’s largest charter school network, saying they either found no wrongdoing or lacked the authority to investigate.
The Texas Education Agency cleared Harmony Public Schools of allegations that it illegally steered business to vendors with ties to Harmony and the nation of Turkey. The agency dismissed several other claims that involved teacher hiring, special education, and other matters, saying they were outside the agency’s jurisdiction.
The international law firm that filed the complaint against Harmony said the TEA had failed to do its job.
Turkey hired the law firm to investigate Harmony and other charter networks suspected of having ties to a Turkish scholar and preacher the country’s president blames for a coup attempt.
A version of this article appeared in the October 26, 2016 edition of Education Week as Texas Rejects Complaint About Charter Network