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January 2018

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The Clock is Ticking to Renew Membership!

The Clock is Ticking to Renew Membership!

January 23rd, 2018

Did you forget to renew your membership before December 31st? Luckily, January is a TCSA membership grace period. The last day to submit your renewal before incurring late fees and losing access to all member benefits is January 31st. Renew today to keep your membership current and continue to access high-quality charter-specific services, like training, data […]

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Guest Blog: Put Quality Substitutes in Your Classroom

Guest Blog: Put Quality Substitutes in Your Classroom

January 23rd, 2018

Studies have shown that in a student’s years between kindergarten and their senior year, he or she will spend the equivalent of one school year’s time with a substitute teacher.  School administrators use a lot of energy and lose a lot of time in the recruitment, hiring, training, payrolling, and scheduling of substitute teachers. 

These […]

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Guest Blog: Tech in the Classroom: Going From a Line Item to a Legacy

Guest Blog: Tech in the Classroom: Going From a Line Item to a Legacy

January 23rd, 2018

In 2018, it’s expected that nationally the demand for and expansion of charter schools will grow, but the challenges of funding such endeavors will likely also increase. Despite a promising budget from the current administration to increase funding for charter schools, there are strong opponents in local government and traditional ISDs that view charter […]

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Upcoming Special Election and Call for Candidates

Upcoming Special Election and Call for Candidates

January 11th, 2018

TCSA Members, 

TCSA will hold a special election to elect a second Small Standing Member School representative to the TCSA Board of Directors. Please note there is a short time frame for this special election. Nominations are due January 19, 2018 and voting begins January 23, 2018. Election results and any run-off (if necessary) will […]

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New Year…New TCSA!

New Year…New TCSA!

January 11th, 2018

As we kick off 2018, the horizon is bright for both public charter schools and our association. As interim CEO, the prospect of selecting a permanent leader for TCSA is exciting. I am actively involved with the search committee to ensure we attract top candidates that share our passion for public charter education.  The […]

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TCSA Legal Weighs in on Two Important Charter Issues

TCSA Legal Weighs in on Two Important Charter Issues

January 11th, 2018

TCSA files Amici Curiae Brief to Texas Supreme Court

On Friday, January 5th, TCSA submitted an Amici Curiae brief in support of the charter school petitioners in the case currently before the Texas Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the revocation procedures for charter revocations under the state’s “three strikes” law enacted […]

December 2017

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IDRA Report reaches the wrong conclusions about public charter school graduation rates.

IDRA Report reaches the wrong conclusions about public charter school graduation rates.

December 21st, 2017

          Austin — The Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) issued a report critical of public charter school graduation rates in their ongoing and longstanding opposition to these public schools. IDRA doesn’t support public charter schools or the families that choose them in spite of the fact that more than 273,000 […]

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Reason #10 for a TCSA Membership: Free Legal Assistance

Reason #10 for a TCSA Membership: Free Legal Assistance

December 14th, 2017

Do not forget your free legal assistance from the dynamic duo of Texas Charters Schools Association’s (TCSA) Legal Team: Lindsey Gordon, General Counsel and Christine Nishimura, Deputy General Counsel. As members of TCSA, each school’s administration, board of directors, and human resource specialists have access to free legal assistance on all your pressing questions. […]

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In Memoriam: Charles Miller, Charter Champion

In Memoriam: Charles Miller, Charter Champion

December 7th, 2017

Charles Miller, the founding chairman of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), passed away yesterday, December 6. The Houston business leader and portfolio manager long championed public charter schools and was a seminal force in establishing the state law authorizing them. Miller was instrumental in the formation of TCSA, and created a number of […]

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TCSA statement on the recent AP review of public charter school student diversity.

TCSA statement on the recent AP review of public charter school student diversity.

December 6th, 2017

Public charter schools do not create racial isolation, despite an assertion made by a recent AP review. Rebuttals by the National Alliance for Public […]