Model Board Policies
Special Education Model Board Policies
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has extended the deadline for updating special education policies in the IDEA 2004 Legal Framework system maintained by the Region 18 ESC (Midland). Previously, TEA required that each LEA update its special education policies on that site by November 30, 2012. The new deadline is March 15, 2013. In collaboration with a Special Education Working Group at the Region 13 ESC (Austin), TCSA has prepared a set of compliant special education policies that is now available to all charter schools free of charge, regardless of the school's status as a TCSA member. As a reminder, charter governing boards must approve these policies before they are uploaded onto ESC Region 18's Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process.
For access to the special education model policies and instructions for adapting, adopting and uploading the policies, contact your local regional education service center.
Model Board Policies
The Model Board Policies for Charter Schools is a series of publications by the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) designed to aid and educate charter school leaders in the operation and management of their schools. Each module in the Board Policy Series provides a summary of federal and state statutes, regulations, and related materials applicable to open enrollment charter schools in Texas. Citations to these materials are provided throughout and many contain a hyperlink to the actual statutory or regulatory provision.
After each summary is a suggested model policy designed to comply with current statutory and regulatory requirements.
- 2012 Financial Operations look inside!
- 2012 Charter School Governance & Organization look inside!
- 2012 General School Operations look inside!
- 2012 Students look inside!
- 2012 Open Government look inside!
- 2012 Human Resources look inside!
The revamped 2012 TCSA Model Board Policy Series contains legal updates from
the 2011 Legislative Session as well as several additions not originally
included in the 2010 series. Updates and additions will include legal
summaries and model board policies on legally required and important topics
such as: FERPA, student homebound services, student health & safety issues,
Public Information Act, payroll, Fair Labor Standards Act, and many more.
Additionally, the model board policy section of the 2012 Series contains a
brand new format. It will be completely open to edits, creating a much more
user-friendly document. The 2012 Model Board Policy Series is targeted to be
available on April 1, 2012.
2012 Model Personnel Handbook
TCSA's brand new Model Personnel Handbook is an excellent source that brings together a charter school's procedures and job-related information that employees need to know. The handbook includes model language for legally required topics such as compensation, employee conduct, insurance benefits, attendance and leave, discrimination and harassment, discipline, and separation from employment. Similar to the 2012 Model Board Policy Series, the TCSA's Model Personnel Handbook will be completely editable so that each school may personalize it to their school's unique culture. The Model Personnel Handbook is available now.
For more information, contact:
Director of Legal & Policy Services