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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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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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Four Schools Approved to Open in 2020

Four Schools Approved to Open in 2020

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath approved four new charter schools to open in August 2020. The final step of authorization shall take place this Friday, June 14th when the State Board of Education meets. 

These schools began a rigorous authorization process in August 2018 and successfully navigated a lengthy and arduous authorization process with […]

June 12th, 2019|Categories: News||
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Here’s where Charter Schools stand after the legislative session

Here’s where Charter Schools stand after the legislative session

Thanks to you, public charter schools in Texas had a very good legislative session! 

Here’s the good news: 

  • More funding for public schools—including charter schools! House Bill 3 provides charter schools with an average increase of $767 per student, which means raises for teachers and more money for the classroom.
  • Improved student safety! House Bill 3871 […]
May 29th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, News|Tags: , |
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Guest Blog: The Power of the “Sneak Attack”

Guest Blog: The Power of the “Sneak Attack”

“Sneak attack!” Miguel screams as he hurdles himself towards me for the fifth time today. It’s only 8:10AM – exactly one hour since he entered my classroom – and I feel my ribs crack for what seems like the hundredth time this week. His six-year-old arms slid around my waste, tightening like an angry […]

May 9th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |
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Guest Blog: Never Give Up; Why I Teach at a Charter School

Guest Blog: Never Give Up; Why I Teach at a Charter School

“I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity, but I don’t think I would be the best fit for the position.”  

Humiliated, I tapped the text to my friend who’d convinced me to interview with one of the few charter schools in East Texas, UT Tyler University Academy, a STEM academy, known for its […]

May 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |
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Guest Blog – My Journey to Teaching: On a Mission to Inspire

Guest Blog – My Journey to Teaching: On a Mission to Inspire

When I was in middle school, I was inspired by my math teacher, Mrs. Heinz. She noticed a special talent in me that she wanted to cultivate. I was good at calculations, so Mrs. Heinz scheduled time during the school day for me and a few others to work on advanced math. I loved […]

May 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |
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Texas Public Charters Recognized among US News and World Report’s Best High Schools

Texas Public Charters Recognized among US News and World Report’s Best High Schools

This week, the U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of the best public high schools in the nation for 2019. This year’s rankings again recognized many open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. In addition to the national list, US News also puts out a Top 100 Texas Public High Schools. Public […]

May 1st, 2019|Categories: News|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: , , |
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A Charter School Moratorium Would Hurt Thousands of Texas Students

A Charter School Moratorium Would Hurt Thousands of Texas Students

Teachers union advances agenda to keep waiting students from attending a charter school

Texas Charter Schools Association CEO Starlee Coleman issued the following response to the Texas Federation of Teachers’ misguided and factually inaccurate call for a charter school moratorium:

“We strongly oppose a ban on new public charter schools. At last count, there were more […]