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April 2018

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Sign Up for a TCSA Training Today!

Sign Up for a TCSA Training Today!

April 4th, 2018

Spring is the time for all things new, and at TCSA we’re committed to ensuring that our member schools have access to professional development that is up to date and that our webinars, workshops, and on-demand content is exactly what you need in your role as a school leader.  Speaking of new (which is […]

March 2018

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The Latest Big Win for Texas Charters

The Latest Big Win for Texas Charters

March 22nd, 2018

Texas charters achieved a major victory on March 15th when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) upheld a June 2017 Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decision dismissing a concerted activity claim by a former employee of Universal Academy on the grounds that the NLRB does not have jurisdiction over Texas public charter schools under […]

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TCSA Appears before Texas Commission on Public School Finance

TCSA Appears before Texas Commission on Public School Finance

March 22nd, 2018

On Monday, March 19, 2018 TCSA provided testimony at the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Kathleen Zimmermann, superintendent of NYOS Charter School and Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools educated members of the commission about the importance of public charter schools and the need […]

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Nine Generation 23 Charter Applications Currently Under Review

Nine Generation 23 Charter Applications Currently Under Review

March 21st, 2018

Nine applications are currently under review by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to become new Texas charter schools in the Generation 23 authorization cycle.  Schools ultimately approved as part of Generation 23 will open at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.   In this most recent cycle, twenty-one applications were submitted to TEA by […]

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Upcoming TCSA Training Opportunities

Upcoming TCSA Training Opportunities

March 21st, 2018

Have you checked out the TCSA Events Calendar lately?  We are continually adding training content that is focused on helping our member schools stay up-to-date on best practices in the myriad of areas that impact the operation of a successful charter school.  Here’s some of the upcoming opportunities that are offered to you […]

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How Does Your School Compare?

How Does Your School Compare?

March 21st, 2018

Are you wondering how your campus compares with other schools? Are your students experiencing academic growth in Reading and Math that is comparable to other schools in your county, region or the state? Is your school, as a whole, serving students well when compared to other schools that serve similar populations?

Have you viewed your […]

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Looking Back to Look Forward

Looking Back to Look Forward

March 7th, 2018

Having spent the last few months visiting public charter schools and discussing growth, it is abundantly clear that the landscape is evolving. With over 100,000 students waiting to attend our public charter schools, networks and independents alike feel compelled to grow. Competition in places like Dallas and Houston between public charter schools and independent […]

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Call for Conference Session Proposals is Open!

Call for Conference Session Proposals is Open!

March 6th, 2018

The Call for Proposals to present a professional development session at the 2018 TCSA Conference is open now through May 15th.  Whether you are a CEO or CFO, involved in curriculum and instruction, operations, personnel management, communications, school safety, or a host of other areas, there is a conference training category that will […]

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Special Education Legal Framework Updates

Special Education Legal Framework Updates

March 6th, 2018

It is time to update your Special Education Policies for the Education Service Center (ESC) Region 18 Legal Framework! Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) Legal Team updated all of the necessary policies, including:

  • Admissions, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee
  • Compliance with Federal Funding Requirements IDEA
  • Transfer of Parental Rights at Age of Majority
  • Referral for Possible Special Education […]

February 2018

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Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 2

Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 2

February 27th, 2018

Building a good, solid, durable piece of furniture requires attention to detail and a grasp of the intricacies involved. The same can be said for the process of purchasing furniture for a charter school, says Karen Volner, National Business Development Director, Furniture, for the State/Local Government & Education (SLED) area at Staples Business Advantage, […]