It operates these schools in shelters managed by Upbring, which has received $19.5 million from the federal government this budget year to house and care for unaccompanied migrant children in shelters or transitional foster care.
Exterior of Upbring New Hope, a government-funded migrant youth shelter in McAllen, on Sept.
Coming back to the bad news after a long weekend, Upbring and Trinity Charter School officials locked themselves in meetings Tuesday to talk through potential solutions.
By late Wednesday, Upbring officials decided to ask the federal government to reimburse them for educational costs previously covered by the state and to consider a public fundraising campaign "to offset the decrease in TEA dollars," said spokesperson Angela Nazworth.
In 2006, it chose Upbring (formerly known as Lutheran Social Services of the South), one of Texas' largest providers for foster care and adoption, to run Bokenkamp Children's Shelter for children often fleeing violence and instability in their home countries.
Members of Upbring, along with community members, had created a separate nonprofit to run a school district, Trinity Charter School, in order to educate the kids in the residential treatment centers.
For several years, after Bokenkamp's numbers dwindled to 22 in 2009, Trinity Charter School closed the campus and Upbring provided a private school in the shelter instead.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar (left) listen during a roundtable meeting at Upbring's New Hope Children's Center in McAllen on June 21, 2018.
The shelter is a branch of Upbring, a nonprofit subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services Inc.
Over the past three years, Upbring has been cited with 37 violations of state standards, according to Texas Health and Human Services inspections for New Hope and Bokenkamp.
Before late 2013, Upbring was called Lutheran Social Services of the South.