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November 2017

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TCSA’s New Tech Partner

TCSA’s New Tech Partner

November 14th, 2017

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s newest partner is Revive IT, a hardware, software and managed solutions provider specializing in affordable, streamlined IT solutions for schools using new or professionally refurbished equipment. Revive IT offers everything from consultation to equipment installation, and because their sister firm, ER2, has relationships with Fortune […]

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Hurricane Harvey and Academic Accountability

Hurricane Harvey and Academic Accountability

November 14th, 2017

One of the benefits of membership with the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is representation at the Texas Capitol. On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, TCSA’s Bruce Marchand appeared before the House Public Education Committee to advocate on behalf of public charter schools and students. Below is the testimony he provided to the Committee to […]

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TEA Generation 23 External Reviewer Application is Now Available!

TEA Generation 23 External Reviewer Application is Now Available!

November 9th, 2017

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has just posted the RFQ announcing the need for qualified external reviewers to score Generation 23 charter school applications. The application packet can be found here. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 11th.

What is an independent external reviewer of charter applications, and what do they do? […]

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Guest Blog: Why Become a TCSA Member?

Guest Blog: Why Become a TCSA Member?

November 9th, 2017

Wayside Schools became a member of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) five years ago when I joined the Wayside staff as CEO. I have been a passionate supporter of TCSA for many years and share the belief that every parent should have the opportunity to choose the free, public school that best fits […]

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A New Chapter for TCSA

A New Chapter for TCSA

November 2nd, 2017

As a founding board member of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), I have been passionate about this organization since its inception. TCSA’s mission is to improve student achievement in Texas by advocating for and strengthening a diverse set of high quality charter schools. I’m thrilled to be a part of this mission both […]

October 2017

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Achieve the vote!

Achieve the vote!

October 26th, 2017

Early voting is officially underway in Texas and Austin Achieve Public Schools is striving to increase voter turnout.

On October 4th Austin Achieve held a student-led voter registration drive to register eligible voters in Austin. A group of juniors from the school’s founding class of 2019, along with the help of a Travis county Volunteer […]

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Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on the Rhodes School

Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on the Rhodes School

October 26th, 2017

The Rhodes School opened its doors in 2007 to educate pre-K through eighth grade students in Houston, Texas. Throughout our decade of serving the northeast part of Houston, we have never experienced anything near the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to our community’s doorstep.

I encourage you to donate to the TCSA Harvey Relief […]

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Keep Up The Fight!

Keep Up The Fight!

October 26th, 2017

My final day as TCSA Executive Director approaches and it is definitely bittersweet. The opportunity to serve as a leader in this vibrant and successful movement has been extremely rewarding. As most of you know, it also has been quite challenging.

As I reflect on our shared journey over the last nine years, I think […]

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Our Civic Duty: Voting

Our Civic Duty: Voting

October 25th, 2017

As a community passionate about public charter schools and public education, we encourage all of you to participate in the election process as a part of our civic duty. Every vote counts!

Our duty to engage in advocacy efforts goes beyond the 140 days the state legislature meets. As this fall voting season kicks […]

2017 Leader and Teacher of the Year

2017 Leader and Teacher of the Year

October 19th, 2017

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) named Dr. Soner Tarim the Leader of the Year and Ms. Brooke Lucero the Teacher of the Year at the 2017 Texas Charter Schools Conference last week. TCSA’s Chris Busse presented the awards to Dr. Tarim and Ms. Lucero at a luncheon with Education Commissioner Mike Morath, and […]