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October 2017

2017 Texas Charter Schools Conference

2017 Texas Charter Schools Conference

October 19th, 2017

Last week, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) held its largest conference to date with more than 1,600 attendees gathered from across the state. Conference attendees included public charter school administrators, principals, superintendents, teachers, and board members. More than 100 training sessions were offered during this three-day training event at the Gaylord Texan in […]

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Join or Renew Your TCSA Membership Today!

Join or Renew Your TCSA Membership Today!

October 19th, 2017

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is proud to represent more than 270,000 students enrolled at 675 public charter school campuses across the state. With an additional 141,000 students on a waiting list, there is much work ahead to ensure that public charter schools have the necessary resources to provide a quality public education to […]

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TCSA Comments on the PSF Bond Guarantee Reserve Fund

TCSA Comments on the PSF Bond Guarantee Reserve Fund

October 18th, 2017

On behalf of our members, TCSA recently submitted public comments to Education Commissioner Mike Morath on the Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 33 Statement of Investment Objectives, Policies and Guidelines of the Texas Permanent School Fund, Subchapter AA, Commissioner’s Rules, §33.1001, Payments for Remittance to Charter District Bond Guarantee Reserve Fund

Our comments focus […]

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TCSA Comments on Rules for NIFA and SAAH

TCSA Comments on Rules for NIFA and SAAH

October 12th, 2017

On behalf of our members, TCSA recently submitted public comments to Education Commissioner Mike Morath on matters impacting students at public charter schools: New Instructional Facility Allotment and separately, the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook. 

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RE: Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter CC, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning School Facilities, §61.1034, New Instructional Facility […]

2017 TCSACon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Emdin

2017 TCSACon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Emdin

October 3rd, 2017

TCSA is excited to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Texas Charter Schools Conference: Dr. Christopher Emdin.

Dr. Emdin is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Director of Science Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Institute […]

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Rescission of DACA

Rescission of DACA

September 28th, 2017

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). Many public charter school students, families, and staff are directly impacted by DACA and the Administration’s decision to end the program. With the decision to end DACA, TCSA’s Board of Directors stands in support of […]

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Charter Sector Rallies Around Relief

Charter Sector Rallies Around Relief

September 28th, 2017

Working at a public charter school is challenging. Longer hours with less pay, higher demands with fewer resources. Subpar science labs for experiments or too small of a playground for the little ones. Students who face seemingly overwhelming challenges that many of us adults will never understand. These things we all know to be […]

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Guest Blog: Leadership Prep School Students Help Foster Children Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Guest Blog: Leadership Prep School Students Help Foster Children Affected by Hurricane Harvey

September 20th, 2017

Tenth grade students from Leadership Prep School (LPS) received an unexpected lesson in servant leadership while preparing for their retreat at Camp Buckner in Burnet, Texas.

After learning that nearly 40 foster children from Beaumont were moved to Camp Buckner as a result of Hurricane Harvey, students from LPS began gathering supplies to […]

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Tools for Schools

Tools for Schools

September 20th, 2017

Leading a school well is no easy task. Supporting staff sufficiently and prioritizing student progress above the tyranny of the urgent requires laser focus and relentless determination.

TCSA is committed to helping school leaders, their teams, and their boards keep their eyes on what matters most, as they serve some of the underserved students and […]

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Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey Federal Procurement Requirements

Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey Federal Procurement Requirements

September 19th, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we know many impacted open-enrollment charter school operators are left with questions about how to repair the damage and how to serve students displaced by the storm. Among several resources, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has provided guidance on emergency procurement under Texas Education Code (TEC) […]