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June 21, 2014

BISD denied temporary injunction against TEA takeover

BEAUMONT — The Beaumont Independent School District is facing a significant loss after its request for a temporary injunction against the TEA takeover of the district was denied.

Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky in Austin ruled, Friday, that an appointment of a board of managers and new BISD superintendent by the Texas Education Agency will not “cause the plaintiffs irreparable harm” — the court’s main concern for the case.

Yelenosky said in his decision letter that “the standard is not whether the plaintiffs succeed but whether they are likely to succeed at trial and, if so, whether in the interim they will suffer irreparable harm” if Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams and Chief Commissioner of Education Lizzette Reynolds, the defendants, are not enjoined by BISD’s request.

After considering BISD’s “pleadings, briefing, evidence and arguments” against a TEA takeover, Yelenosky decided that such a fate would not befall BISD — freeing the commissioners to proceed with providing new leadership in Beaumont schools.

Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw said in a release that “a change in leadership is absolutely necessary” to facilitate the cooperation and candor required during the DA’s office continuing criminal investigation of BISD.

“The court in Austin made the best decision based upon the facts and law,” he said. “We look forward to continuing our mission and seeing to it that those who have harmed our children’s future are swiftly brought to justice.”

Email: chenderson@panews.com

Twitter: @crhenderson90

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