Phillip Ramati

About Phillip Ramati

Phillip Ramati is the Director of Communications for TCSA. To submit a news item, post suggestions or write a guest column, please email

Replicating Great Options Strategic Growth Institute

We are excited to announce an upcoming opportunity for our independent and small charter management organizations to apply for the Replicating Great Options Strategic Growth Institute.

Led by Bellwether Education Partners, in conjunction with the Walton Family Foundation and TCSA, this six-month experience is designed to aid in the development of a five-year strategic plan […]

By |July 12th, 2018|Categories: Member Services, News, Opportunities||

TCSA testifies at school safety hearing

Last month, Christine Nishimura, Deputy General Counsel for TCSA, provided information about charter school emergency management plans to the House Public Education Committee’s School Safety Hearing.


Christine discussed the need for schools to be prepared for all emergencies, especially in light of recent […]

By |July 12th, 2018|Categories: Legal, News||

Speakers for the 2018 TCSA Charter Schools Conference have been finalized

Conference speakers and session content for the 2018 TCSA Charter Schools Conference have been finalized and will be available soon for you to view on our conference webpage and the conference app. The 2018 TCSA conference will convene national and state charter school innovators, reformers, and leaders to the Houston Marriott Marquis on […]

By |June 28th, 2018|Categories: Conference||

Congratulations on our four new charters!

As you may have heard, four new schools will begin operations in August, 2019 as Generation 23 charters as a result of action taken on June 15th by the Texas State Board of Education.  These schools began a rigorous authorization process in September 2017 and successfully completed both an external application review as well […]

By |June 28th, 2018|Categories: News||

NCSC ’18 offered a wide range of experiences

One word keeps popping up when reflecting on my first National Charter Schools Conference, which was held earlier this month in Austin: overwhelming.

With more than 4,700 attendees from across the country and more than 125 breakout sessions, it’s rather a lot for one person to take in, especially someone who has only worked in […]

By |June 28th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Opportunities||

TEA Commissioner provides updates about Harvey, safety

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath shared important information this last week on Hurricane Harvey-affected schools in a press release as well as the accompanying information in Chapter 10 of the 2018 Accountability Manual.  In summary, if a campus that meets at least one of the Hurricane Harvey criteria receives an Improvement Required rating, […]

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Legal, News, TEA||

Celebrating our graduates

Graduation season for many of us at TCSA is a reminder of why we do what we do. The culminating experience of seeing the joy in the eyes of the people we serve — school leaders, teachers, parents, and students –reenergizes us and invigorates us to continue to fight for the diverse sector of […]

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Quality||

TCSA Announces New CEO

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AUSTIN – The Texas Charter Schools Association this week announced the hiring of Starlee Coleman as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to coming to TCSA, Coleman founded SchoolForward LLC, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. that advances education reform policy objectives. The firm […]

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: News||

National Conference Is Almost Here!

The 2018 National Charter Schools Conference is less than three weeks away! There’s still time to register for the conference, which will be held here in Austin June 17-20. See keynote speaker Dr. Bernard Harris, CEO of the National Math & Science Initiative and a former astronaut, who is leading the initiative’s efforts to […]

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: Conference, News||

Graduation photos

We are looking to celebrate our 2018 public charter school graduates! Please send your high school graduation photos to

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By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: News, Photo||