TCSA is a statewide Association representing close to 90% of the charter students in every part of our great state. In total, an estimated 178,000 Texas students attend more than 550 open-enrollment charter schools (2013 AskTED data) with more than 101,000 additional students on waiting lists (2012 survey). There is an arbitrary cap of 305 (as of 2019), but the cap of 215 is not raised until 2014 and then it will be 225 charters available to be awarded in Texas. As of 11/22/13, there are 205 active charters awarded with 3 additional charters awarded in November, for a total of 208 charters taken, leaving 7 charters available. The Association advocates in Austin and Washington D.C. for member schools, improves their academic and financial performance through the implementation of the TCSA Quality Framework, and provides member services for school operators, board members, and staff. TCSA also hosts an annual statewide conference, one of the largest gatherings of charter schools in the nation.
Mission and Strategy
Our mission: TCSA improves student achievement in Texas by advocating for and strengthening a diverse set of high quality charter schools.
A set of guiding principles shapes this mission:
- Unify and represent diverse types of effective and quality-driven charter schools that enhance student achievement.
- Help create a better definition of an effective charter school that incorporates growth and complements the existing accountability system’s status measures of academic performance.
- Support member schools to improve their effectiveness in meeting educational mission and progress towards student excellence.
- Advocate in the Texas legislature and broader public for effective charter schools as a critical part of the overall public education system.
- Provide fee-based services to member schools to reduce their costs while building a self-sustaining organization.