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Charter Champions Announced, High Performing Charters Honored

12.13.13
Charter Champions Announced, High Performing Charters Honored

More than 1,400 statewide conference attendees, Commissioner Williams and Michelle Rhee

(Fort Worth, Tex) — This week more than 1,400 charter school leaders gathered in Fort Worth, Tex., to attend the statewide Texas Charter Schools Conference (Dec. 11‐13, 2013). This year’s conference entitled, “Blazing the Trail to Quality and Innovation,” focused on training, quality services and sharing best practices. The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) also celebrated the 5th birthday of the association during the opening reception. Keynote speakers included national education advocate, Michelle Rhee, and Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams in a repeat appearance with charter school leaders and supporters.

 
“You are enormously valuable to this state, to the learning enterprise within this state and lead by example of how we go about the business of teaching children,” Commissioner Michael Williams told public charter school leaders during closing remarks today. “And students that others may not think we can reach or how we can educate at a high level, you do it every day and educate these kids at a high level.”
 
“The work that is happening here in Texas is important on the national scene as well,” said Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst during her general sessions remarks on Thursday. She also exhorted attendees to continue to focus on the first goal and mission, “All of your decisions have to be driven by kids, and what is best for them.
 
“The 2013 Charter Champion Awards were given to Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (San Antonio, District 26) and Texas State Representative Marsha Farney (Georgetown, District 20). During the 2013 Legislative session, Senator Van de Putte authored Senate Bill 1538 (companion to House Bill 3808, authored by Rep. Marsha Farney during her first session) to support Drop Out Recovery schools and students. Both legislators successfully worked in their respective chambers to pass SB 1538, which had been a legislative priority for Texas charter schools for more than three legislative sessions. The Charter Champion is the highest honor given by the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) members to individuals who have made a significant positive impact on Texas public charter schools and charter students.
 
The new 2013 High Performing Charters awards were given for consistently high student performance and student growth for three years. The new 2013 Committed to Quality awards were given for outstanding leadership in use of the Quality Framework to achieve success for students. List below:
 
“The 2013 Charter Champion Awards were given to Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (San Antonio, District 26) and Texas State Representative Marsha Farney (Georgetown, District 20). During the 2013 Legislative session, Senator Van de Putte authored Senate Bill 1538 (companion to House Bill 3808, authored by Rep. Marsha Farney during her first session) to support Drop Out Recovery schools and students. Both legislators successfully worked in their respective chambers to pass SB 1538, which had been a legislative priority for Texas charter schools for more than three legislative sessions. The Charter Champion is the highest honor given by the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) members to individuals who have made a significant positive impact on Texas public charter schools and charter students.
 
The new 2013 High Performing Charters awards were given for consistently high student performance and student growth for three years. The new 2013 Committed to Quality awards were given for outstanding leadership in use of the Quality Framework to achieve success for students. List below:
 
Outstanding Campus Performance Awards:
Harmony School of Science, Houston
IDEA College Prep (Rio Grande Valley)
IDEA College Preparatory, San Benito
IDEA Frontier College Preparatory (Rio Grande Valley)
KIPP Sharp College Prep Lower School (Houston)
KIPP Spirit College Prep (Houston)
KIPP Sharpstown College Preparatory (Houston)
KIPP Academy Middle (Houston)
KIPP Austin Collegiate
KIPP 3D Academy (Houston)
KIPP Austin College Prep
Ripley House Charter School (Houston)
Rise Academy (Lubbock)
St. Mary’s Academy Charter School (Beeville)
SER‐Ninos Charter Middle School (Houston)
Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies (Houston)
Uplift Education, Peak Prep High School (Dallas)
Uplift Education, Williams Prep Middle Campus (Dallas)
Uplift Education, Williams Prep High School (Dallas)
Uplift Education, Summit International Preparatory (Arlington)
Uplift Education, Summit International Middle Campus
Uplift Education, Peak Prep Middle (Dallas)
YES Prep, Southwest Campus (Houston)
YES Prep, Gulfton
YES Prep, North Central Campus (Houston)
YES Prep, East End Campus (Houston)
YES Prep, Southeast Campus (Houston)
 
Committed to Quality Awards:
Harmony Public Schools
*Recognizing outstanding leadership to achieve all campuses for Quality Framework campus submissions.
 
University of Texas Charter School
*Recognizing outstanding leadership of the most consecutive Quality Framework submissions.
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Public charter schools are tuition‐free, open‐enrollment public schools that have some flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students while still held to state academic and financial accountability standards. In total, there are more than 178,000 students in over 550 open‐enrollment charter campuses (2013 AskTED) with more than 101,000 students on waiting lists across Texas (2012 survey). Charter students represent close to 4% of the public school population in Texas. The Texas Charter Schools Association is the statewide Association representing open‐enrollment charter schools in every part of our great state.