The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is the statewide membership organization representing effective charter schools of all types, proudly representing over 110,000 students in 460 charter schools. Our membership unifies all charter schools in order to achieve critical policy and programmatic gains.
The Association was created in 2008 with the generous support of the Charter School Policy Institute, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. .
There are four standing committees of the member council: Advocacy, Member Services, Quality Initiative, and Annual Conference. Each committee works to achieve the TCSA mission. These important committees has helped TCSA make a positive impact on charter schools in Texas as well as on the public charter school movement at large.
Mission and Strategy
The mission of the Texas Charter Schools Association is to accelerate student achievement in Texas by empowering a diverse set of effective and quality-driven 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.