Christine Isett

About Christine Isett

Christine Isett is the Director of Communications for TCSA. Email her at with post suggestions, to submit a news item or write a guest column.

Our Civic Duty: Voting

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

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 […]

2017 Texas Charter Schools Conference

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 […]

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Conference||

Join or Renew Your TCSA Membership Today!

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 […]

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Member Services||

TCSA Comments on the PSF Bond Guarantee Reserve Fund

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 […]

By |October 18th, 2017|Categories: Legal||

TCSA Comments on Rules for NIFA and SAAH

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. 


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

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Member Services, News, Quality, TEA|Tags: , , , |

2017 TCSACon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Emdin

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 […]

Rescission of DACA

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 […]

By |September 28th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Member Services, News|Tags: , , , |

Charter Sector Rallies Around Relief

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 […]

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

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 […]

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, News||