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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||
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New Pre-K Requirements for Charter Schools

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 […]

August 7th, 2019|Categories: Legal||
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Back to School Compliance Checklist

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 […]

August 7th, 2019|Categories: Legal, Model Policies, TEA||
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TEA Accepts Majority of TCSA Comments on New Performance Framework

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 […]

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