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TCSA’s New Tech Partner

TCSA’s New Tech Partner

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s newest partner is Revive IT, a hardware, software and managed solutions provider specializing in affordable, streamlined IT solutions for schools using new or professionally refurbished equipment. Revive IT offers everything from consultation to equipment installation, and because their sister firm, ER2, has relationships with Fortune […]

November 14th, 2017|Categories: Quality, Solution Providers||
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Hurricane Harvey and Academic Accountability

Hurricane Harvey and Academic Accountability

One of the benefits of membership with the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is representation at the Texas Capitol. On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, TCSA’s Bruce Marchand appeared before the House Public Education Committee to advocate on behalf of public charter schools and students. Below is the testimony he provided to the Committee to […]

November 14th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Member Services, Quality, TEA|Tags: , , , |
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TEA Generation 23 External Reviewer Application is Now Available!

TEA Generation 23 External Reviewer Application is Now Available!

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has just posted the RFQ announcing the need for qualified external reviewers to score Generation 23 charter school applications. The application packet can be found here. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 11th.

What is an independent external reviewer of charter applications, and what do they do? […]

November 9th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, News, Opportunities, Quality, TEA|Tags: , , , , |
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Guest Blog: Why Become a TCSA Member?

Guest Blog: Why Become a TCSA Member?

Wayside Schools became a member of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) five years ago when I joined the Wayside staff as CEO. I have been a passionate supporter of TCSA for many years and share the belief that every parent should have the opportunity to choose the free, public school that best fits […]

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Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on the Rhodes School

Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on the Rhodes School

The Rhodes School opened its doors in 2007 to educate pre-K through eighth grade students in Houston, Texas. Throughout our decade of serving the northeast part of Houston, we have never experienced anything near the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to our community’s doorstep.

I encourage you to donate to the TCSA Harvey Relief […]

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Keep Up The Fight!

Keep Up The Fight!

My final day as TCSA Executive Director approaches and it is definitely bittersweet. The opportunity to serve as a leader in this vibrant and successful movement has been extremely rewarding. As most of you know, it also has been quite challenging.

As I reflect on our shared journey over the last nine years, I think […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Member Services, News, Quality|Tags: , , , , |

2017 Leader and Teacher of the Year

2017 Leader and Teacher of the Year

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) named Dr. Soner Tarim the Leader of the Year and Ms. Brooke Lucero the Teacher of the Year at the 2017 Texas Charter Schools Conference last week. TCSA’s Chris Busse presented the awards to Dr. Tarim and Ms. Lucero at a luncheon with Education Commissioner Mike Morath, and […]

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TCSA Comments on Rules for NIFA and SAAH

TCSA Comments on Rules for NIFA and SAAH

On behalf of our members, TCSA recently submitted public comments to Education Commissioner Mike Morath on matters impacting students at public charter schools: New Instructional Facility Allotment and separately, the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook. 

NIFA

RE: Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter CC, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning School Facilities, §61.1034, New Instructional Facility […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Member Services, News, Quality, TEA|Tags: , , , |
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Charter Sector Rallies Around Relief

Charter Sector Rallies Around Relief

Working at a public charter school is challenging. Longer hours with less pay, higher demands with fewer resources. Subpar science labs for experiments or too small of a playground for the little ones. Students who face seemingly overwhelming challenges that many of us adults will never understand. These things we all know to be […]

September 28th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, News, Quality|Tags: , , |
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Tools for Schools

Tools for Schools

Leading a school well is no easy task. Supporting staff sufficiently and prioritizing student progress above the tyranny of the urgent requires laser focus and relentless determination.

TCSA is committed to helping school leaders, their teams, and their boards keep their eyes on what matters most, as they serve some of the underserved students and […]

September 20th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, Quality, Training||