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Two New TCSA Training Webinars Coming Next Week!

TCSA has two new free webinars planned for next week that should be of interest to both charter CEOs and administrators as well as board members.

On Tuesday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m. please plan to join Ryan Alexander for Introduction to Civic Builders. Civic Builders, a non-profit facilities developer, offers very favorable terms […]

By |September 4th, 2019|Categories: Training|Tags: , , |

Fostering Great Governance and Effective Leadership Systems at the 2019 TCSA Conference

Two of the important conference breakout strands emphasize training in effective governance as well as developing school and network leadership systems. Here’s a sampling of breakout sessions in these two strands:

Why is Good Charter School Governance so Difficult? presented by Mike Mizzoni of BoardOnTrack – Monday, October 28 – 10:45 a.m.

Great boards are well-staffed […]

More Great Breakout Sessions Planned for the 2019 TCSA Conference!

We have a wide variety of breakout sessions scheduled for the Annual Texas Charter Schools Conference on October 28th– 30th in San Antonio, each with assigned Commissioner Credit hours.  Here is another sampling of the many innovative professional development opportunities available:

  • Come and Get Your Prior Written Notice: What You Need to Know on Special […]

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Legal||

Receive Your Required Training Credit Hours at the TCSA Conference!

More than 80 breakout sessions are scheduled for the 2019 TCSA Annual Conference on October 28th – 30th in San Antonio, each with assigned Commissioner Credit hours. Here are just a sampling of the many innovative professional development opportunities available:

· The Fireworks of Feedback – In this session presented by Michelle Callis, Heather […]

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Legal||

New Pre-K Requirements for Charter Schools

When the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3 during the 86th Legislative Session, it created a new requirement for charters and all other public schools to provide full-day Pre-K for all eligible 4-year-olds. This new Pre-K requirement goes into effect for the 2019-20 school year and applies to all charters who are authorized in […]

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Legal||

Back to School Compliance Checklist

Are your charter’s anti-bullying policy and student code of conduct ready for the new school year?

The 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner. There is no time like the present for Texas charter schools to ensure they are compliant with the Education Code and with TEA requirements. This blog focuses on […]

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Legal, Model Policies, TEA||

TEA Accepts Majority of TCSA Comments on New Performance Framework

This year the Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF) underwent a substantial review with input from stakeholders.  After that review process, the TEA proposed the new CSPF and allowed feedback from interested parties before official adoption.  TCSA submitted comments to TEA regarding the proposed changes. The TEA agreed with the vast majority of TCSA’s […]

By |July 24th, 2019|Categories: Legal, News, TEA||

Two Important Webinars for Charter Leaders

We are excited to add two new important webinars to our training offerings this summer.  On Thursday, August 1stat 10:00 a.m. please plan to join us for 86thLegislature Update for Charter Leaders.  As you know, a number of bills in addition to HB3 were signed into law as a result of actions of […]

By |July 24th, 2019|Categories: Conference, Member Services, Training||

Legislative Updates: The Bills You Might Have Missed

Since the close of the 86thLegislative Session, charter districts have been working hard to learn all they can about House Bill 3 (H.B. 3)—the new school overhaul to Texas school finance. This is understandable, because as Education Commissioner Mike Morath said recently, “H.B. 3 is the most significant change in Texas to education finance […]

By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: Legal||