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March 2017

Choice Does Not Mean Compromise

Choice Does Not Mean Compromise

March 22nd, 2017

By Michelle McCurdy, Mother of a Charter School Student at Altamira Academy

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When considering Kindergarten for my daughter, Meredith, I researched every option to find the best school to meet her needs. I eventually selected Altamira Academy, one of three elementary […]

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Staples Advantage is offering TCSA members even more benefits!

Staples Advantage is offering TCSA members even more benefits!

March 22nd, 2017

For the past four years, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) has offered nationally negotiated pricing on furniture through Staples Advantage and Hertz Furniture. This year, nationally negotiated pricing with Hertz Furniture is no longer available. However, we have good news! Staples Advantage is offering TCSA members even more benefits than before! When […]

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Nominations Now Open for TCSA Teacher and Leader of the Year

Nominations Now Open for TCSA Teacher and Leader of the Year

March 21st, 2017

Is your charter system blessed with an outstanding charter school teacher or leader that you would like to see recognized at the state level through the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) during our annual conference?  A board member, administrator, teacher, student or parent, or community member may nominate a fellow administrator through TCSA’s website […]

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Time’s Running Short to Submit an Expansion Amendment for 2017-2018!

Time’s Running Short to Submit an Expansion Amendment for 2017-2018!

March 16th, 2017

It’s not too late to submit an expansion amendment effective for the 2017-18 school year, but time is running short. The last day to submit an amendment to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is April 1, 2017. Since that day falls on a Saturday this year, the effective deadline date is actually Friday, March […]

Legislators and Advocates For Charter Facilities Funding

Legislators and Advocates For Charter Facilities Funding

March 9th, 2017

There is significant momentum for charter school facilities funding this legislative session. Earlier this week, Senator Donna Campbell held an event at the Texas Capitol to highlight joint efforts to narrow the funding gap between students at public charter schools and traditional school districts.

Sen. Campbell was joined by […]

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TCSA Chief Financial Officer Summit Recap

TCSA Chief Financial Officer Summit Recap

March 9th, 2017

On February 14-15, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) hosted a CFO Summit. During this event, a wide range of financial leaders served as presenters in order to share their vast knowledge with charter leaders. David Marx of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shared that charter operators will need […]

Legislation Filed to Facilitate Charter Growth in Texas

Legislation Filed to Facilitate Charter Growth in Texas

March 1st, 2017

Representative Jim Murphy of Houston, District 133, is a champion for public charter schools at the Texas Capitol. Last session, Rep. Murphy filed two of TCSA’s legislative priorities: HB 3018, which increased public charter school access to the Permanent School Fund (PSF) Bond Guarantee Program, and HB 1276/HJR 85, which exempted property leased to […]

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 […]