Application Information

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Since 1995 when Texas lawmakers first launched public charter schools – one of the most significant education reforms in the state’s history – charter schools have been charged with the duty to:

  1. Improve student learning.
  2. Increase the choice of learning opportunities within the public school system.
  3. Create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to the public school system.
  4. Establish a new form of accountability for public schools.
  5. Encourage different and innovative learning methods.

Some of the best charter schools in the nation operate in Texas because of courageous, creative people like you. Thank you for taking a step to make a difference in the lives of Texas children.


Open-Enrollment Charters

The types of entities eligible to hold a Texas open-enrollment charter are as follows:

  • Institutions of higher education;
  • Private or independent institutions of higher education;
  • Tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3)’s under the Internal Revenue Code; and
  • Governmental entities.

Churches and other faith-based organizations are not eligible to apply for a charter. These applicants will need to establish a separate, nonsectarian 501(c)(3).

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University Charters

The commissioner of education may grant open-enrollment charters to public colleges and universities. These schools must operate on a campus of the college or university or in the same county as the college or university. See Texas Education Code, Chapter 12, Subchapter E §12.152.

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