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May 2018

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Texas Charter Revolution: Grassroots Advocacy Spotlight

Texas Charter Revolution: Grassroots Advocacy Spotlight

May 17th, 2018

The grassroots team is hard at work as the current school year comes to a close.  From direct parent training to hosting on-campus events to bringing elected officials to your schools, we want to support your advocacy needs!

Last week, Texas Charter Revolution wrapped up a series of 4 neutral candidate forums leading up to […]

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TCSA has Training and Services to Meet Your Specific Needs!

TCSA has Training and Services to Meet Your Specific Needs!

May 16th, 2018

TCSA has Training and Services to Meet Your Specific Needs!

  • Did you know – There are very specific professional development requirements outlined in 19 TAC §100.1102-1105 describing required training for board members, CEOs and charter officers, and campus administrators;
  • Did you know – New board members must receive 12 hours of prescribed Commissioner-hour training in […]
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Texas Public Charters Recognized Among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Public High Schools

Texas Public Charters Recognized Among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Public High Schools

May 16th, 2018

Meridian World School in Round Rock was named the sixth-best public high school in the nation, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best High Schools list released last week. The survey included 200,500 high schools across the country and […]

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Guest Blog: Making the Most of Limited Funds

Guest Blog: Making the Most of Limited Funds

May 2nd, 2018

Without assistance from bonds and local taxes, charter schools must rely on enrollment, foundations, and donations to subsidize their budgets. What’s often underutilized are cost control protocols and efficient operational processes that move funds from operations to the classroom. One facet of campus operations that can be readily evaluated for savings is document management. […]

April 2018

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Funding opportunity from the Rebuild Texas Fund

Funding opportunity from the Rebuild Texas Fund

April 19th, 2018

The Rebuild Texas Fund – a private philanthropic fund established to assist communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey – has designated funding available for qualified charter schools damaged by the storm.  The Fund has raised more than $93M to support rebuilding and revitalization efforts in communities and will be making grants to charter schools […]

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Guest Blog: Final Answer – Texas Whistleblower Act does NOT apply to charter schools operated by nonprofit corporations

Guest Blog: Final Answer – Texas Whistleblower Act does NOT apply to charter schools operated by nonprofit corporations

April 18th, 2018

In December, I reported on this blog about the oral argument before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (BakerRipley) which had been sued for retaliatory termination under the Texas Whistleblower Act, Chapter 554 of the Government Code. On April 13, 2018, the Court issued its decision, holding that open-enrollment charter schools […]

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SB 1566 EISO Training and Other TCSA Professional Development Opportunities

SB 1566 EISO Training and Other TCSA Professional Development Opportunities

April 17th, 2018

Something New: EISO Training

Many member schools have inquired about the 3-hour SB 1566 Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes (EISO) training that is required for ISD elected trustee boards by September 1, 2018.  This training is not required for charter boards; however, it is excellent training for any charter governance board as the training allows boards […]

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Comprehensive Needs Assessment Made Simple

Comprehensive Needs Assessment Made Simple

April 17th, 2018

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The needs assessment process, which is required for schools implementing federal and state programs using ESSA (Title I, II, III, IV) and State Compensatory Education funds, is useful for all school leadership teams as an ongoing part of continuous improvement planning. Conducting […]

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Fifth Circuit Court Hears Oral Arguments in Charter School National Labor Relations Act Case

Fifth Circuit Court Hears Oral Arguments in Charter School National Labor Relations Act Case

April 5th, 2018

Two weeks ago, TCSA Legal shared the exciting news of a major victory for Texas charter schools. In the March 15th decision from National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the board upheld a June 2017 Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decision dismissing a concerted activity claim by a former employee of Universal Academy on the […]

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TCSA Appears before Senate Education Committee Hearing

TCSA Appears before Senate Education Committee Hearing

April 5th, 2018

Texas public school charters voices are being heard during this legislative interim as lawmakers prepare for the next session in Austin.  On Monday, March 26, 2018 TCSA provided expert testimony at the Senate Education Committee hearing. Jerry Lager, Superintendent of Schools of Ki Charter testimony focused on teacher compensation and shared his school’s best practices to retain high quality teachers.  […]