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Special Education Legal Framework Updates

Special Education Legal Framework Updates

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 […]
March 6th, 2018|Categories: Legal, Member Services|Tags: , |
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Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 2

Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 2

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, […]

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Charter FIRST Indicators

Charter FIRST Indicators

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.

The […]

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Member Services, Quality|Tags: , |
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Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 1

Guest Blog: Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 1

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, […]

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Member Services, Solution Providers|Tags: , , |
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Regional Meetings are Here!

Regional Meetings are Here!

I would like to invite all of our charter leaders to attend one of the free regional meetings being held by TCSA during the month of February.  These meetings are scheduled for San Antonio on February 12th, El Paso on February 13th, East Texas on February 19th, the Metroplex-area on February 20th, and West […]

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Member Services, Opportunities, Training|Tags: |
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Help your students prepare for STAAR now using district-wide online tutoring

Help your students prepare for STAAR now using district-wide online tutoring

Have you thought about the steps you’ll take between now and April to improve student performance? Specialized instruction and tutoring is a great way to give students the tools they’ll need to shine at the end of this school year.

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Proximity Learning […]

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Expanding or Starting a New School?

Expanding or Starting a New School?

Is your school expanding? Or, are you part of a team that hopes to open a charter school in Texas?  TCSA’s new market identification service can help your team identify a target location that aligns to your school’s needs.

The TCSA team works, on an ongoing basis, to develop tools and services that provide value […]

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TCSA’s Special Election Nomination Slate Announced

TCSA’s Special Election Nomination Slate Announced

The TCSA Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Special Election Nomination Slate for the Standing Small School Board of Director position. The slate is available on the voting page of the TCSA Quality Portal.


Electronic voting, and candidate information is available now on the voting page. As a reminder, charter leaders […]

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The Clock is Ticking to Renew Membership!

The Clock is Ticking to Renew Membership!

Did you forget to renew your membership before December 31st? Luckily, January is a TCSA membership grace period. The last day to submit your renewal before incurring late fees and losing access to all member benefits is January 31st. Renew today to keep your membership current and continue to access high-quality charter-specific services, like training, data […]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Member Services|Tags: , , |
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Guest Blog: Put Quality Substitutes in Your Classroom

Guest Blog: Put Quality Substitutes in Your Classroom

Studies have shown that in a student’s years between kindergarten and their senior year, he or she will spend the equivalent of one school year’s time with a substitute teacher.  School administrators use a lot of energy and lose a lot of time in the recruitment, hiring, training, payrolling, and scheduling of substitute teachers. 

These […]