05/09/2011 02:34 pm ET | Updated Jul 09, 2011

New Legislation Would Relax Standards For Texas Charters Serving At-Risk Students

When Mansoor Kapasi first began taking his students to chess tournaments, the other parents wondered if they were part of a gang.

He said his students — now well known within the Austin chess-playing community — provide a “huge contrast” to the mostly privileged crowds at chess tournaments. They are primarily economically disadvantaged and minority. Many have limited English proficiency. And all have either dropped out of high school or come close.