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TEA Announces Competitive Grant Funding for Teacher and Principal Training – Application is Now Live!

TEA Announces Competitive Grant Funding for Teacher and Principal Training – Application is Now Live!

The Texas Education Agency recently announced the opening of two competitive grant opportunities for recruiting and preparing future teachers and principals. These two grants would allow certain open-enrollment charter schools to receive funding to make available specific teacher/ school leader support and pipeline programs. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining teachers and school leaders will allow […]

September 18th, 2019|Categories: Opportunities, Quality, TEA||
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New Reading Practices from HB3

New Reading Practices from HB3

A change from House Bill 3 is the addition of a new section of code, Tex. Edu. Code 28.0062. This new code places new requirements on charter schools in the areas of Reading Academies and Certification of Practices to TEA. There is also a new testing requirement for teaching certificates for Pre-K through 6th-grade […]

September 17th, 2019|Categories: Legal, TEA, Training, Videos|Tags: , |
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Back to School Compliance Checklist

Back to School Compliance Checklist

Are your charter’s anti-bullying policy and student code of conduct ready for the new school year?

The 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner. There is no time like the present for Texas charter schools to ensure they are compliant with the Education Code and with TEA requirements. This blog focuses on […]

August 7th, 2019|Categories: Legal, Model Policies, TEA||
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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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TEA Commissioner provides updates about Harvey, safety

TEA Commissioner provides updates about Harvey, safety

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath shared important information this last week on Hurricane Harvey-affected schools in a press release as well as the accompanying information in Chapter 10 of the 2018 Accountability Manual.  In summary, if a campus that meets at least one of the Hurricane Harvey criteria receives an Improvement Required rating, […]

June 14th, 2018|Categories: Legal, News, TEA||
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TCSA Legal Weighs in on Two Important Charter Issues

TCSA Legal Weighs in on Two Important Charter Issues

TCSA files Amici Curiae Brief to Texas Supreme Court

On Friday, January 5th, TCSA submitted an Amici Curiae brief in support of the charter school petitioners in the case currently before the Texas Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the revocation procedures for charter revocations under the state’s “three strikes” law enacted […]

January 11th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, Legal, TEA|Tags: , , , , |
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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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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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Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey Federal Procurement Requirements

Guest Blog: Hurricane Harvey Federal Procurement Requirements

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we know many impacted open-enrollment charter school operators are left with questions about how to repair the damage and how to serve students displaced by the storm. Among several resources, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has provided guidance on emergency procurement under Texas Education Code (TEC) […]

September 19th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Member Services, News, Solution Providers, TEA||