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February 2017

HB 2337: Bipartisan Push for Charter Facilities Funding

HB 2337: Bipartisan Push for Charter Facilities Funding

February 23rd, 2017

State Representatives Harold Dutton, Dwayne Bohac, Jodie Laubenberg, Eddie Lucio, III, and Ron Simmons have joined Senator Donna Campbell in taking the lead to narrow the funding gap for students attending a public charter school and those at traditional school districts. These joint authors filed HB 2337 as companion legislation to Senator Campbell’s

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Harmony Public Schools hosts ISWEEEP on May 5th

Harmony Public Schools hosts ISWEEEP on May 5th

February 15th, 2017

Texas is home to innovative technology, energy, manufacturing and healthcare industries impacting millions of people across the globe. The freedom and passion in which our professionals pursue excellence results in the most cutting-edge advancements across America’s key industries in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In an effort to ensure we maintain this lead, […]

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Guidance for Charter Schools Serving Undocumented Students

Guidance for Charter Schools Serving Undocumented Students

February 14th, 2017

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) received several inquiries pertaining to current immigration policy discussions and the impact it may have on students in public charter schools.  We understand there are concerns and questions from administrators, teachers, students, and families.

To help schools navigate this sensitive topic, TCSA Legal developed guidance in the form of […]

Representative Jason Villalba Filed HB 1269 Calling for Additional Funding for Public Charter Schools

Representative Jason Villalba Filed HB 1269 Calling for Additional Funding for Public Charter Schools

February 13th, 2017

For the first time ever there is a bill filed in each chamber of the Texas Capitol that would provide much needed additional funding to public charter schools and their students. We previously reported Senator Donna Campbell filing SB 457. We now also have HB 1269 filed by Representative Jason Villalba.

Public charter schools are […]

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TCSA’s Learning Walk

TCSA’s Learning Walk

February 9th, 2017

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is implementing a new model of training called the Learning Walk. This informal training opportunity allows charter leaders to get a glimpse into the classrooms of another charter system and ask questions of leaders regarding the initiatives executed at the campus level.

East Grand Preparatory, part […]

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Guest Blog: Ki Utilizes Multifaceted Kinesthetic Learning Options

Guest Blog: Ki Utilizes Multifaceted Kinesthetic Learning Options

February 9th, 2017

Ki Charter Academy (Ki), located in San Marcos, is the largest residential treatment center (RTC) for children in Texas. Approximately 200 students reside at the center at any given time. While the RTC addresses treatment needs, Ki provides an education to the students. Ki Charter is the first of its kind in the nation […]

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Getting the Message Right!

Getting the Message Right!

February 2nd, 2017

Even though we’re now well into February, let me challenge you with one more New Year’s resolution – raise your hand and repeat after me – “I will resolve to improve my messaging and communication skills!” Seriously, it’s always a great time for you to think about how to identify and articulate what you […]

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Growth and Expansion Survey

Growth and Expansion Survey

February 1st, 2017

Over the last few months, Bruce Marchand and I have published a few blogs about our role in supporting charter operators to grow and expand. While Bruce most recently addressed the Expansion Process in his blog, I initially spent time discussing the frankly obscene waiting lists that we have statewide, […]

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The Power of Campus Leadership

The Power of Campus Leadership

February 1st, 2017

On a recent visit to Dallas, I met with Roy Watts, Principal of Life Oak Cliff Secondary (LSOC) to join the Association of American Educators (AAE) in congratulating an 8th grade teacher, Ms. Collins, with a scholarship award to attend the 8th Grade Summit, a training hosted by the Texas A&M Agrilife […]

January 2017

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Guest Blog: Charter School Procurement

Guest Blog: Charter School Procurement

January 26th, 2017

Building a new school or adding onto an existing school is an exciting time for a charter school. However, when a charter school begins to consider such a project, it should be familiar with the procurement regulations governing those contracts. Procurement governs the process a charter school must engage in before it spends more […]