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Legislative Updates: The Bills You Might Have Missed

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 […]

July 10th, 2019|Categories: Legal||
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House Bill 3 Overhauls School Funding in Texas

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 […]

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Helpful Reminders Regarding Applications and Enrollment

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 […]

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Legal, Member Services|Tags: , |
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New Court Ruling on the Open Meetings Act

New Court Ruling on the Open Meetings Act

On February 27, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest court in Texas for criminal matters), issued a ruling invalidating Section 551.143 of the Texas Open Meetings Act.  That section had created a misdemeanor offence if members of the governing body “knowingly conspired to circumvent this chapter by meeting in numbers less […]

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Legal, News|Tags: , , |
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The 86th Legislative Session is Underway!

The 86th Legislative Session is Underway!

Two weeks ago, the 86th Texas Legislature convened, so we are officially in session! On day one, The Texas House unanimously elected Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) as Speaker of the House. In his acceptance speech, the Speaker highlighted school finance reform, which the Governor and Lt. Governor have also emphasized, as a top priority […]

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New TCSA Member Council Format!

New TCSA Member Council Format!

TCSA received helpful feedback from member schools earlier this year in regards to scheduling Member Council meetings. Many of our member schools indicated that traveling to Austin for a meeting was often challenging for school leaders with their busy schedules and the difficulty of being away from their organization for a day or two.

Based […]

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Sign up Now for a TCSA Regional Event Near You!

Sign up Now for a TCSA Regional Event Near You!

We are excited about our new event format for our Regional Meetings! Join us for one of four TCSA Regional Meetings and Charter Supporter Receptions scheduled for this Spring in San Antonio (January 28-29), Houston (February 25-26), Austin (March 5-6), and Dallas (March 25-26). All of […]

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Opinion Regarding City of Austin’s Sick Leave Ordinance

Opinion Regarding City of Austin’s Sick Leave Ordinance

Texas Court of Appeals for the Third District Delivers Opinion Regarding City of Austin’s Sick Leave Ordinance

The City of Austin enacted an ordinance in February of 2018 that would require private employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The ordinance included civil and criminal penalties for employers who violated it. A number […]

November 28th, 2018|Categories: Legal, News||
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School Safety Considerations

School Safety Considerations

Safety is a top priority for all schools and at every level of education. In light of recent tragedies around the nation and in Texas, public schools, including open-enrollment charter schools, are facing critical decisions on how to best protect and safeguard children. Among those safety options, includes considering whether to permit firearms on […]

October 17th, 2018|Categories: Legal, School Safety||
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Two Important Free Webinars You Don’t Want to Miss!

Two Important Free Webinars You Don’t Want to Miss!

Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA)
Tuesday, October 16, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

This webinar will help board members understand how to comply with the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA).  Board members will understand what constitutes a board meeting, define timelines for posting board meeting agendas, and what can be discussed and recorded in a closed session […]

October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Legal||