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July 2017

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Special Session Update

Special Session Update

July 27th, 2017

The 30-day Special Legislative Session began last week at lightning speed with bill filings, committee hearings, and floor votes. The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) team has been at the state Capitol working on behalf of students at public charter schools.

During a special legislative session, only the governor has the authority to determine the […]

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A Message from TCSA’s New Board Chairman

A Message from TCSA’s New Board Chairman

July 27th, 2017

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s (TCSA) Board of Directors recently elected me as Chairman and as a community and business representative on the Board, and I am honored to serve in this new role. Since I am new to TCSA’s board, I want to take this opportunity to share with you a little about […]

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Guest Blog: Capital Impact Partners on NMTC Financing

Guest Blog: Capital Impact Partners on NMTC Financing

July 19th, 2017

The lack of capital for building or renovating school facilities in low-income communities is a common problem. Fortunately, options exist to ensure that high-quality public charter schools can secure financing to meet the needs of their students. One such initiative is the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC).

If you have a project scheduled to […]

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TCSA Board Leadership Announcement

TCSA Board Leadership Announcement

July 13th, 2017

Since its founding, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) has sought out independent directors with a passion for education and a desire to improve the lives of Texas students to serve on the TCSA Board of Directors.

For four years, Secretary Rod Paige has served as our Chairman, and we are forever grateful for […]

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Welcome Generation 22 Schools!

Welcome Generation 22 Schools!

July 6th, 2017

By now you have probably heard the buzz and excitement about the addition of five new charter schools that were officially announced by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) on Friday, June 23rd. Here’s a snapshot of the five new charters opening in August, 2018:

Bridgeway Preparatory Academy, which will be located […]

New STAAR Report Card: Log In & Learn More

New STAAR Report Card: Log In & Learn More

July 6th, 2017

This summer, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched a new STAAR report card that gives parents a more in-depth look at their child’s academic strengths and where their child needs extra help so they can be an even stronger partner in their child’s learning. As you know, students in grades 3-8 are required to take […]

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New Expansion Amendment Rules

New Expansion Amendment Rules

July 6th, 2017

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently approved changes to the expansion amendment rules. The changes, which went into effect on June 8, amends 19 TAC Chapter 100.1033(b) and includes changes to how a charter school may request an amendment for relocation, expansion, and High-Quality Campus Designation.

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A charter school may now submit […]

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The Power of Instructional Coaching

The Power of Instructional Coaching

June 27th, 2017

Have you considered how instructional coaching might impact student achievement and ultimately scores within your charter system? Teacher coaching has emerged as a promising alternative to traditional professional development normally offered by charter schools. Informal, classroom-based instructional coaching has proven effective in solidifying teacher content knowledge and pedagogy and aided in teacher retention.

Coaching can […]

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Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, Part III

Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, Part III

June 22nd, 2017

If you have missed the first two sections on Driving Achievement Through Campus Operations, please see Part I and Part II before moving on. 

Starting with the End in Mind

Hopefully school leaders are bought-in to the idea of hiring a Director of School Operations and have a strategy for identifying […]

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A Change in Leadership at TCSA

A Change in Leadership at TCSA

June 21st, 2017

After almost a decade of outstanding and unfailing service, our founding executive director, David Dunn, will conclude his leadership at the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) in October.

David had a huge task when we asked him to help create our Association in 2008 and no one could have done a better job. […]