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New Year…New TCSA!

New Year…New TCSA!

As we kick off 2018, the horizon is bright for both public charter schools and our association. As interim CEO, the prospect of selecting a permanent leader for TCSA is exciting. I am actively involved with the search committee to ensure we attract top candidates that share our passion for public charter education.  The […]

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Reason #10 for a TCSA Membership: Free Legal Assistance

Reason #10 for a TCSA Membership: Free Legal Assistance

Do not forget your free legal assistance from the dynamic duo of Texas Charters Schools Association’s (TCSA) Legal Team: Lindsey Gordon, General Counsel and Christine Nishimura, Deputy General Counsel. As members of TCSA, each school’s administration, board of directors, and human resource specialists have access to free legal assistance on all your pressing questions. […]

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Reason #5 for a TCSA Membership: Advocacy Tools and Resources

Reason #5 for a TCSA Membership: Advocacy Tools and Resources

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) offers a variety of grassroots advocacy tools and resources for your public charter school. Whether you are an individual campus or a large network with multiple campuses, we have the bilingual staff and materials to support your grassroots advocacy efforts. Our grassroots support consist of the following:

– Grassroots […]

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Teachers as Charter School Advocates

Teachers as Charter School Advocates

Most traditional teacher support organizations are anti-school choice – are your staff’s paychecks going to one of these organizations? Working at a charter school comes with its own set of unique challenges. Staff work long hours and are selfless in their pursuit of supporting their charter’s mission, but what if they belong to an organization […]

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‘Tis the Season for Presents and Policies

‘Tis the Season for Presents and Policies

Model Policy Updates

Model Policy subscribers can find more updates in the Quality Portal incorporating important changes made by the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. TCSA Legal updated 400.080 Required Instruction & Graduation to include changes to college readiness and vocational assessments. Section 400.120 Health now includes information about required lice notices […]

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Reason #8 for a TCSA Membership: Training Solutions for Your Charter

Reason #8 for a TCSA Membership: Training Solutions for Your Charter

Did you know a lack of board, officer, and campus administrator training can result in a material violation of your charter?  Many charter systems struggle to aquire the appropriate amount of training for board members, officers, and campus administrators.   The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) offers member schools various webinar trainings either free or […]

November 29th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, Quality, Training|Tags: , , |
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An Innovative Staffing Solution for Texas Charters

An Innovative Staffing Solution for Texas Charters

In the fall 2017, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) began a partnership with Proximity Learning, LLC. to help our member charter schools find innovative staffing and curriculum solutions.

Proximity Learning, a Texas-based, fully accredited K-12 online education solution, offers schools more flexibility when it comes to course offerings, special education (SPED) services and […]

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Guest Blog: Texas Supreme Court Considers Applicability of Texas Whistleblower Act to Charter Schools

Guest Blog: Texas Supreme Court Considers Applicability of Texas Whistleblower Act to Charter Schools

In November, I went before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (Baker Ripley) to argue that public charter schools are not subject to the Texas Whistleblower Act.  You can listen to the oral argument and learn more about the case here

Our primary argument before the Texas Supreme Court focused […]

November 29th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Member Services|Tags: , , |

Amanda List Returns to Help Advocacy Team During Transition

Amanda List Returns to Help Advocacy Team During Transition

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s (TCSA) Interim CEO Chuck Cook tapped former association staffer Amanda List to serve as Interim Vice President of Government and Public Affairs.

Amanda is a principal of AList Consulting and served as TCSA’s first director of advocacy. As one of the earliest hires for the association, she helped recruit new […]

November 15th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Member Services, News|Tags: , |
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Reason #15 to Join or Renew Membership with TCSA: Support to Address Charter Challenges

Reason #15 to Join or Renew Membership with TCSA: Support to Address Charter Challenges

There are several reasons to join or renew your membership with the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), and one of the primary reasons includes TCSA’s support in addressing the challenges that you and your charter team are wrestling with right now.

TCSA assists charters and their boards with a wide array of subject matters, all […]