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The appeals court at that time overturned a district judge's ruling that Texas should have known that permits to withdraw water from rivers flowing into the Aransas and San Antonio bays would let saltier Gulf of Mexico water flow in. Jason Bernal, who recently resigned as chief executive officer of the YES Prep charter school network in Houston, has taken a job with HISD, a former competitor of sorts. Bernal, who started his education career as a teacher at YES Prep in 1997, has never worked for a traditional school district, but YES has proven successful at educating a similar population of mostly low-income and minority students in Houston. The YES model involves starting schools from scratch, and critics like to say that charter schools benefit from having students with especially motivated parents.

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