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February 2018

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Charter FIRST Indicators

Charter FIRST Indicators

February 22nd, 2018

Changes are coming to the Charter FIRST indicators. If you are a growing school, many of those changes may impact your ratings. The draft Charter FIRST indicators, which are proposed to go into effect in 2020, expand the topics reviewed as a part of a charter school’s annual financial evaluation.

The […]

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Charter Schools NOW

Charter Schools NOW

February 22nd, 2018

Charter Schools Now (CSN), the affiliated 501(c)(4) created by Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) in 2016 as a statewide advocacy organization promoting Texas public charter schools, has acquired a new Executive Director in Addie Gomez! CSN has piloted new advocacy initiatives during the past year, and is poised for exciting developments under Gomez’s leadership. On […]

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School Emergency Management Plans

School Emergency Management Plans

February 21st, 2018

On February 21, 2018, Governor Greg Abbott issued instructions to the Texas Education Agency to take steps to ensure all schoolchildren in Texas public schools are safe.

In light of last week’s tragic events in Florida, TCSA encourages all charter schools to review your current emergency management plans and update accordingly.  Schools can face […]

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Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 1

Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 1

February 21st, 2018

Of all the items on a charter school’s lengthy procurement shopping list, furniture has to be among the simplest to purchase, right? After all, how much nuance could there be to buying chairs, desks, storage cabinets and the like?

Plenty, it turns out. “I would never say [school furniture procurement] is straightforward,” observes Shannon Bradford, […]

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Congratulations to TCSA’s newly elected board members.

Congratulations to TCSA’s newly elected board members.

February 8th, 2018

It’s been a busy few months at TCSA. Congratulations to the 10 new directors who have joined the TCSA Board!

JoAnn Gama with IDEA Public Schools and Chuck Cook with Responsive Education Solutions have joined the TCSA Board as Large Standing Member School Directors. Charter operators who educate 20,000 or more students in Texas are […]

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Guest Blog: Adding Education Options for Texas Families Multiplies Success

Guest Blog: Adding Education Options for Texas Families Multiplies Success

February 8th, 2018

              I was so pleased to participate in National School Choice Week with nearly four thousand events taking place throughout our state. Parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, and students from every type of school come together to celebrate the power of education. The premise of school choice is simple: […]

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Regional Meetings are Here!

Regional Meetings are Here!

February 7th, 2018

I would like to invite all of our charter leaders to attend one of the free regional meetings being held by TCSA during the month of February.  These meetings are scheduled for San Antonio on February 12th, El Paso on February 13th, East Texas on February 19th, the Metroplex-area on February 20th, and West […]

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Help your students prepare for STAAR now using district-wide online tutoring

Help your students prepare for STAAR now using district-wide online tutoring

February 6th, 2018

Have you thought about the steps you’ll take between now and April to improve student performance? Specialized instruction and tutoring is a great way to give students the tools they’ll need to shine at the end of this school year.

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January 2018

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Expanding or Starting a New School?

Expanding or Starting a New School?

January 25th, 2018

Is your school expanding? Or, are you part of a team that hopes to open a charter school in Texas?  TCSA’s new market identification service can help your team identify a target location that aligns to your school’s needs.

The TCSA team works, on an ongoing basis, to develop tools and services that provide value […]

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TCSA’s Special Election Nomination Slate Announced

TCSA’s Special Election Nomination Slate Announced

January 23rd, 2018

The TCSA Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Special Election Nomination Slate for the Standing Small School Board of Director position. The slate is available on the voting page of the TCSA Quality Portal.


Electronic voting, and candidate information is available now on the voting page. As a reminder, charter leaders […]