Janie Muñoz

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House Bill 3 Overhauls School Funding in Texas

TCSA worked with several organizations to create this to help your organization make decisions based on changes in the bill. However, some parts of House Bill 3 affecting charters called for the Commissioner to make implementation rules. All charter leaders should continue to check for rule updates from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

An over-arching […]

Professional Training Opportunities at the 2019 TCSA Conference

Don’t you wish there could be a one-stop shop to receive excellent professional training, earn Commissioner Credit hours, listen to inspiring speakers, learn about the latest educational tools, and enjoy world-class accommodations and food?  Stop wishing – you can get all of that and more at the 2019 TCSA Conference October 28th-30th in […]

By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: Conference|Tags: , |

Four Schools Approved to Open in 2020

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath approved four new charter schools to open in August 2020. The final step of authorization shall take place this Friday, June 14th when the State Board of Education meets. 

These schools began a rigorous authorization process in August 2018 and successfully navigated a lengthy and arduous authorization process with […]

By |June 12th, 2019|Categories: News||

Here’s where Charter Schools stand after the legislative session

Thanks to you, public charter schools in Texas had a very good legislative session! 

Here’s the good news: 

  • More funding for public schools—including charter schools! House Bill 3 provides charter schools with an average increase of $767 per student, which means raises for teachers and more money for the classroom.
  • Improved student safety! House Bill 3871 […]
By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, News|Tags: , |

Inaugural Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute a Success!

It’s a wrap! The first cohort of the Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute (TALI) has ended, coinciding with the end of the legislative session. The institute was designed to help teachers gain a more thorough understanding of public charter school laws and to teach them help to advocate for policies and laws that are needed […]

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, Training|Tags: |

Nominate an Outstanding Charter School Teacher or Leader for TCSA Teacher and Leader of the Year Awards!

The deadline for 2019 TCSA Teacher of the Year and Leader of the Year nominations is July 15th, 2019.  TOTY and LOTY awardees will each receive:

  • An award of $1,000;
  • A free registration to the 2019 Texas Charter Schools Conference where they will receive recognition during the awards ceremony;
  • A prepared media statement for the awardee’s use; […]
By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Conference||

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 […]