(HEARNE) A struggling area school district will get an influx of help through a new partnership program. 

Thanks to a new state law, Hearne ISD has been approved by the Texas Education Agency for the Turnaround Partnership. Back in May, Hearne ISD Superintendent Dr. Adrain Johnson and his staff submitted a proposal to take part in the new program, which could help save the struggling district from closure. Under State Senate Bill 1882, the district will now work with a non-profit organization the district creates. The newly formed Hearne Education Foundation will be governed by a board that consists of members from districts and universities across the state. Those members will bring a vast educational background and experience from research and actual classroom teaching and oversight. The hope is that a fresh, outside look at what Hearne ISD is doing will help them improve their grades and ratings. The partnership will also exempt Hearne ISD`s junior high and elementary from state ratings for 2 years as they will be considered an in-district charter school. Hearne ISD is one of 6 districts that applied for the new system, with only Victoria ISD being denied acceptance. 

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