Spring is the time for all things new, and at TCSA we’re committed to ensuring that our member schools have access to professional development that is up to date and that our webinars, workshops, and on-demand content is exactly what you need in your role as a school leader. Speaking of new (which is […]
On Monday, March 19, 2018 TCSA provided testimony at the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Kathleen Zimmermann, superintendent of NYOS Charter School and Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools educated members of the commission about the importance of public charter schools and the need […]
Nine applications are currently under review by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to become new Texas charter schools in the Generation 23 authorization cycle. Schools ultimately approved as part of Generation 23 will open at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. In this most recent cycle, twenty-one applications were submitted to TEA by […]
Have you checked out the TCSA Events Calendar lately? We are continually adding training content that is focused on helping our member schools stay up-to-date on best practices in the myriad of areas that impact the operation of a successful charter school. Here’s some of the upcoming opportunities that are offered to you […]
Are you wondering how your campus compares with other schools? Are your students experiencing academic growth in Reading and Math that is comparable to other schools in your county, region or the state? Is your school, as a whole, serving students well when compared to other schools that serve similar populations?
Have you viewed your […]
Having spent the last few months visiting public charter schools and discussing growth, it is abundantly clear that the landscape is evolving. With over 100,000 students waiting to attend our public charter schools, networks and independents alike feel compelled to grow. Competition in places like Dallas and Houston between public charter schools and independent […]
It is time to update your Special Education Policies for the Education Service Center (ESC) Region 18 Legal Framework! Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) Legal Team updated all of the necessary policies, including:
- Admissions, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee
- Compliance with Federal Funding Requirements IDEA
- Transfer of Parental Rights at Age of Majority
- Referral for Possible Special Education […]
Building a good, solid, durable piece of furniture requires attention to detail and a grasp of the intricacies involved. The same can be said for the process of purchasing furniture for a charter school, says Karen Volner, National Business Development Director, Furniture, for the State/Local Government & Education (SLED) area at Staples Business Advantage, […]
Changes are coming to the Charter FIRST indicators. If you are a growing school, many of those changes may impact your ratings. The draft Charter FIRST indicators, which are proposed to go into effect in 2020, expand the topics reviewed as a part of a charter school’s annual financial evaluation.
Of all the items on a charter school’s lengthy procurement shopping list, furniture has to be among the simplest to purchase, right? After all, how much nuance could there be to buying chairs, desks, storage cabinets and the like?
Plenty, it turns out. “I would never say [school furniture procurement] is straightforward,” observes Shannon Bradford, […]