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Improving Special Education Services in Charter Schools

Improving Special Education Services in Charter Schools

One of the most important student populations in all schools is students with disabilities. Special education programs for students with disabilities is among the most critical services that schools provide, and evidence suggests that special education services is a major factor in the choices parents make for their child’s schooling. Though our charter schools […]

November 6th, 2019|Categories: Legal, Training||
Michelle Aguilar-2

HB3 Establishes New Blended Learning Grant Opportunity

HB3 Establishes New Blended Learning Grant Opportunity

The Blended Learning Grant Program (BLGP) is a four-year process to design, launch, and scale a high-quality blended learning system. The BLGP has been approved by the Commission on School Finance and established by House Bill 3.  

Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines […]

October 16th, 2019|Categories: Legal||
Michelle Aguilar-2

Keep up-to-date on Extended School Year Services

Keep up-to-date on Extended School Year Services

As per the guidance of the Texas Education Agency, Extended School Year (ESY) services are to be delivered beyond the regular school year. Extended School Year services is an individualized instructional program for eligible students with disabilities. ESY services are connected to previous and future school year services. These services allow students with disabilities to […]

October 16th, 2019|Categories: Legal||
Timothy Mattison

A Path to a Six-Figure Teacher Salary

A Path to a Six-Figure Teacher Salary

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House Bill 3 created the Teacher Incentive Allotment, which can provide Texas charter districts the ability to reward their highest-performing teachers with extra pay. This extra pay is on top of base salaries and can provide a path for high performing teachers to earn six-figure salaries.  

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October 15th, 2019|Categories: Legal||
Elizabeth Cross

November 1 Deadline for Extra Funding Available for Charters that Meet the Significant Expansion of Enrollment Criteria

November 1 Deadline for Extra Funding Available for Charters that Meet the Significant Expansion of Enrollment Criteria

Certain open-enrollment charter schools may be entitled to additional funding if they meet the criteria for a significant expansion of enrollment.  Schools must first be receiving money under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B) to be eligible for the additional funding.  The criteria for significant expansion […]

October 15th, 2019|Categories: Legal||
Bruce Marchand Ed.D.

Important Sessions presented by TEA Staff at the 2019 TCSA Conference

Important Sessions presented by TEA Staff at the 2019 TCSA Conference

Several significant changes to the rules surrounding growth and expansion as well as charter school application and waitlist requirements have come about as the result of legislation passed in the recent 86th legislative session.  TCSA has been working with TEA charter division staff to provide schools […]

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Conference, Legal, Member Services, Opportunities, TEA, Training||
Elizabeth Cross

District and Board Goal Setting: New Requirements Under HB3

District and Board Goal Setting: New Requirements Under HB3

HB3 now requires schools to create three plans to target early childhood literacy proficiency, early childhood math proficiency and college, career, and military readiness.  All plans are required to include an annual review of the plans by the board at a public meeting, posting of the plans on the school’s website, specific, quantifiable, […]

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Legal||
Elizabeth Cross

New Reading Practices from HB3

New Reading Practices from HB3

A change from House Bill 3 is the addition of a new section of code, Tex. Edu. Code 28.0062. This new code places new requirements on charter schools in the areas of Reading Academies and Certification of Practices to TEA. There is also a new testing requirement for teaching certificates for Pre-K through 6th-grade […]

September 17th, 2019|Categories: Legal, TEA, Training, Videos|Tags: , |
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More Great Breakout Sessions Planned for the 2019 TCSA Conference!

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 […]

August 21st, 2019|Categories: Legal||
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Receive Your Required Training Credit Hours at the TCSA Conference!

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 […]

August 7th, 2019|Categories: Legal||