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For Immediate Release:2012-05-11
Press Contact: Tracy Young
phone: 512.584.8272
email: tyoung@txcharterschools.org

TEXAS PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS CELEBRATE NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS WEEK

(Austin, Texas) – National Charter Schools Week, celebrated across the country, was May 7 - 11, 2012. This week featured special events and activities designed to raise public awareness of high-performing public charter schools. In just 20 years, the public charter school movement has reached 40 states and the District of Columbia, with 39 states and D.C. offering public charter schools to students with unique and innovative educational opportunities. Texas public charter schools were represented in Washington, D.C. this week by Executive Director David Dunn and the Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts, for events and legislative visits hosted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. 

"Texas public charter school students and families appreciate the opportunities offered by high-quality, innovative charter schools," said TCSA Executive Director David Dunn. "We will continue to advocate for educational options that meet the individual needs of students."   

In Texas, over 133,000 students attend open-enrollment charter schools, which is about 3% of the Texas student population. With over 56,000 students on waiting lists, Texas public charter schools are in demand.  Texas charter schools are celebrating National Charter Schools week in a variety of ways this week including hosting local and state officials at schools, honoring teachers, and displaying student performances.  All of these events and visits are designed to introduce our communities and elected leaders to high quality, educational options making a difference for students and families all across the state.  

Visits in Houston, Austin, El Paso and Dallas/Fort Worth: Rep. Rob Eissler, Chairman of the Texas House Public Education committee visited Vista Academy of the Woodlands; Sen. Dan Patrick, Vice Chairman of the Texas Senate Education committee visited SER-Niños Charter School in the Gulfton area of Houston; State Board of Education member Marsha Farney visited NYOS Charter School in Austin; Rep. Marisa Marquez and representatives from other El Paso delegation offices visited La Fe Preparatory Academy in El Paso; and Rep. Diane Patrick visited Arlington Classics Academy.  

Additional events took place at the Texas State Capitol; KIPP Houston; Harmony Schools Fine Arts Festival in Austin; Life Schools Lancaster and Oak Cliff; Responsive Education Solutions in Lewisville; and Uplift PEAK in Dallas. 

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The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is the statewide Association representing approximately 390 charter schools and educating more than 100,000 students in every part of our great state. In total, an estimated 135,000 Texas students attend open-enrollment charter schools with an additional 56,000 students currently on waiting lists. Visit www.txcharterschools.org for more information.