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Welcome to the Texas Charter Schools Association!

Since 2008, TCSA has worked to accelerate student achievement in Texas by strengthening and supporting a diverse set of effective, public charter schools.

We believe that every parent should have the opportunity to choose the free, public school that best fits their student’s needs and Texas families are speaking out! Texas charter schools serve 296,000 students in 705 active campuses with over 141,000 students waiting for a seat.

Here on our website, there’s something for everyone. Member school leaders and operators can access our TCSA Quality Portal, a free, comprehensive analysis tool – the first in the nation created by school leaders and industry experts to promote continuous improvement through academic and financial reviews.  Innovative, entrepreneurial and passionate people interested in starting a Texas charter school can get expert advice and guidance through TCSA’s Charter Development Services. Families interested in a charter school for their student can search TCSA’s interactive map of charter schools to determine the best fit for their child. Educators, alumni, students and families can speak out on behalf of their charter school by joining the Charter Revolution and fight for equal funding for charter school students. We need everyone’s help with the fight to close the funding gap between public charter schools and traditional school districts, as well as maintain the important freedoms and flexibility that charter schools depend on to serve Texas students.

Charter schools are unique public schools granted some flexibility by the state to be responsive to students’ needs and innovative in education, while meeting stricter accountability than traditional ISDs, because charter schools can be closed if there are academic and financial problems for three years running. Because they are public schools, charter schools are open to all children, do not charge tuition, do not have special requirements for admittance and are not associated with any religion. The leaders and teachers of these student-centered, family and community-engaged schools are all passionate that every Texas student deserves a high-quality education.

Representing more than 90 percent of public charter school students across the state, TCSA provides its members with charter-specific training opportunities, legal services and updates to state and federal laws and rules, and discounts on services so more school funding can be directed to the classroom. TCSA also advocates at the Texas Capitol and U.S. Congress year-round on behalf of public charter schools.

Please contact TCSA with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

Starlee Coleman
Chief Executive Officer
Texas Charter Schools Association