Judge halts state takeover of Beaumont schools

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

AUSTIN (AP) — A state district judge has issued an order that temporarily blocks the state takeover of the troubled Beaumont public school district.

Judge Lora Livingston did not provide a reason Friday for granting the restraining order, which came at the request of Beaumont school board members.

The state last month announced it was taking over the nearly 21,000-student Southeast Texas district. It’s been under fire for its finances and handling of services to disabled students. Two former school officials already have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

State Education Commissioner Michael Williams said in a statement Friday that he still expects to replace the board and school superintendent.

A hearing is scheduled for next week for the Texas Education Agency to hear the school district’s argument against a lowering of its accreditation.

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