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August 2018

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We want your stories!

We want your stories!

August 23rd, 2018

As I wrote in this newsletter a few months ago when I took over as TCSA’s Director of Communications, I want to help you share your story of success. For that, I’ll need your help.

What innovative programs are going on at your school? Who are the notable students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni that […]

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SB 1882 Partnerships and TCSA Training Opportunities

SB 1882 Partnerships and TCSA Training Opportunities

August 23rd, 2018

SB 1882 partnerships, created as a result of legislation passed in 2017, offer open-enrollment charters and other eligible non-profit entities an opportunity to partner with traditional ISDs to improve the quality of education in districts across the state.  There are three types of partnerships as a result of this legislation:

  • Turnaround Partnerships – the district […]

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Texas public charters fare well in new A-F accountability ratings

Texas public charters fare well in new A-F accountability ratings

August 15th, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 15, 2018

Charter Schools Make up Quarter of Top-rated Schools in new A-F Grading System

AUSTIN – Today the Texas Education Agency released results of campus and district A-F ratings of all public schools, including charter schools. This is the first year that all public schools will be rated with an A-F grade. […]

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Coleman Testifies at House Committee Regarding Charters

Coleman Testifies at House Committee Regarding Charters

August 9th, 2018

TCSA CEO Starlee Coleman testified Wednesday at the House Public Education Committee hearing at the Texas State Capitol, telling lawmakers that as she begins her new position, she hopes for a new era of cooperation among the TCSA, ISDs and lawmakers as the new school year is set to begin.

Coleman told lawmakers that despite […]

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On Leading Well, Part I: Growing and Learning

On Leading Well, Part I: Growing and Learning

August 9th, 2018

Here we are again at the beginning of the school year.  No doubt, the complex details of running an organization well and making the programmatic changes needed in order to meet state and federal requirements are all consuming.  That said, I want to encourage you on your journey and give you food for thought […]

The 2018 TCSA Elections Have Begun!

The 2018 TCSA Elections Have Begun!

August 9th, 2018

Our Board of Directors is composed of member schools representatives, and philanthropy and community representatives that guide and advance TCSA’s mission. The Advocacy Committee assists the TCSA and the Board in achieving the TCSA legislative priorities during the Texas Legislative sessions.

Join our efforts to strengthen and support the public charter school movement […]

July 2018

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Leadership as a Reflection of Self

Leadership as a Reflection of Self

July 26th, 2018

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to represent TCSA at Columbia University’s Summer Principal’s Academy – New Orleans (SPA-NOLA). The Summer Principal’s Academy is an intensive 14-month long program designed for aspiring school leaders and APs to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University while still teaching, leading, and coaching at […]

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Time For School, Time For Training

Time For School, Time For Training

July 26th, 2018

TCSA is excited to announce a number of upcoming trainings and regional meetings just in time for charter leaders and boards as you prepare for the opening of school. Here’s what coming up:

July 30th – 2 p.m. Academic Accountability 2018 (Free Webinar) 60 Minutes 19 TAC 100 Commissioner’s Credit Accountability Other

July 31 – […]

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TCSA Announces Legal Team Transition

TCSA Announces Legal Team Transition

July 25th, 2018

I am writing to share the news of my resignation as General Counsel of TCSA and to announce Christine Nishimura’s transition to the role. Christine and I have worked closely together as the TCSA Legal team for the past few years, and I know TCSA will be in good legal hands under her leadership.

This […]

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Have you updated your Special Education Policies?

Have you updated your Special Education Policies?

July 24th, 2018

Beginning September 1, 2018, all public schools will be required to post updated special education policies on the ESC Region 18 Legal Framework. The deadline to post updated policies is October 31, 2018.

To ensure all schools are posting up-to-date policies, ESC Region 18 will be deleting all policies currently […]