Janie Muñoz

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Guest Blog: The Power of the “Sneak Attack”

“Sneak attack!” Miguel screams as he hurdles himself towards me for the fifth time today. It’s only 8:10AM – exactly one hour since he entered my classroom – and I feel my ribs crack for what seems like the hundredth time this week. His six-year-old arms slid around my waste, tightening like an angry […]

By |May 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Guest Blog: Never Give Up; Why I Teach at a Charter School

“I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity, but I don’t think I would be the best fit for the position.”  

Humiliated, I tapped the text to my friend who’d convinced me to interview with one of the few charter schools in East Texas, UT Tyler University Academy, a STEM academy, known for its […]

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Guest Blog – My Journey to Teaching: On a Mission to Inspire

When I was in middle school, I was inspired by my math teacher, Mrs. Heinz. She noticed a special talent in me that she wanted to cultivate. I was good at calculations, so Mrs. Heinz scheduled time during the school day for me and a few others to work on advanced math. I loved […]

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Texas Public Charters Recognized among US News and World Report’s Best High Schools

This week, the U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of the best public high schools in the nation for 2019. This year’s rankings again recognized many open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. In addition to the national list, US News also puts out a Top 100 Texas Public High Schools. Public […]

86th Legislature Priority Bill Update

The last day of the 86th Legislative Session is May 27! With only four weeks left in the session, this is the time that everything starts moving quickly and bills start becoming laws.

Here is a look at where some of our priority bills are currently in the legislative process:
HB 3155 exempts public […]

By |May 1st, 2019|Categories: Advocacy||

Is Your Facility Holding You Back?

Thinking about adding capacity or simply providing more space to your current students? Maybe you’ve been in those portables a bit longer than you anticipated? Perhaps it’s time to move out of the old strip mall and into something newer and more modern? Is your landlord giving you the raw deal?

If any of these […]

TCSA Update on the 86th Legislative Session

With only a little over a month left in the 86th Texas Legislative session, the Texas Charter Schools Association has been spending many days at the Capitol and many hours engaging with our charter school advocates. Last week was charter day in the House Public Education Committee. The committee heard over 20 bills directly related […]

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy|Tags: , |

Two New Trainings Free to TCSA Members Schools

At TCSA we are always looking for ways to add value to your membership and respond to training requests from members.  One topic that frequently arises is that of superintendent evaluation.  Most governance boards understand the importance of evaluating the school leader of their organization, but they aren’t sure where to start.   We’ve […]

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Member Services, Training|Tags: |

Inaugural Charter School Facilities Summit

The Texas Charter Schools Association, in conjunction with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Tennessee Charter School Center, is excited to announce the launch of the Charter School Facilities Summit. Taking place in Austin on June 4th, 2019, this convening shall provide objective information on the various aspects of growth and expansion, […]

Helpful Reminders Regarding Applications and Enrollment

Many schools are in the midst of their open enrollment process for the 2019-2020 school year.  As a reminder, application and enrollment are two separate and distinct processes.

Application Period

During the application period (open enrollment period) the school may only ask for basic information on the application completed by the parent that includes the student’s […]

By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Legal, Member Services|Tags: , |