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For Immediate Release: 02.10.09
Press Contact: Josie Duckett
phone: 512.584.8272
email: jduckett@txcharterschools.com


Texas Charter Schools Association Holds Membership Meeting


Charter school leaders advocate for combined goals


AUSTIN,Texas - Members of the newly formed Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) gathered today to advocate for a unified legislative agenda. Charter school leaders from across the state joined TCSA staff in the morning before visiting the Texas State Capitol to meet with members of the 81st Legislature.

"Charter schooling is a key component of education reform in Texas. Today we've come to advocate for our joint priorities so we can ensure charter education remains highly effective and innovative. Our charter schools members seek funding equality with traditional public schools, individual student growth measurement facilities funding, elimination of the current 215 charter school cap, and incentives for co-location with traditional lSD," said David Dunn, E xecutive Director of TCSA.

Charter schools provide an alternative within the public school system, offering varying missions and models to best serve their respective populations which include primarily low-income families and at-risk students. Texas charter schools are free, public schools open to all students. Charter schools operate under the Texas Education Agency and are subject to the same statewide assessments and accountability measuresas traditional public schools.

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The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is the leading membership organization of effective charter schools of all types, representing more than 100,000 students in 390 charter schools across Texas.