Demand for Texas charters grows, waiting list more than 101,000
(Austin, Texas) Today, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) marks the fourth year serving open-enrollment, public charter schools, students and families. TCSA has already made a positive impact on charter schools in Texas, and will continue this work with the newly formed partnership, the Texas Charter School Technical Assistance Network, between the Texas Education Agency (TEA), TCSA and ESC Region 11 to create an extensive support system for the state’s charter schools.
“At TCSA, we are committed to quality schools, individualized and innovative education and options for parents and students,” said David Dunn, founding executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association. “The demand for charter schools continues to grow as students and families want more choice and seek to attend public charter schools. The charter school waiting list, sadly, would more than fill Cowboys Stadium, with over 101,000 students still looking for more options in public education.”
- In the 2012-2013 school year, charter schools in Texas added 43 campuses and 30,000 students, yet, there are still more than 101,000 students on waiting lists.
- Since the 2007-2008 school year, charter school student enrollment in Texas has grown an average of 14% each school year.
- In 2011, in public charter schools rated under Texas’ Standard Accountability System, higher percentages of African-American and Hispanic students passed the TAKS test in every core subject area than in traditional public schools.
- Texas charter schools account for close to 30% of the state’s most fiscally efficient public schools, even though they represent only 4% of the student population. According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in her annual Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), these charter schools have improved student achievement while keeping expenditures relatively low.
Created on October 8, 2008, TCSA was formed to accelerate student achievement by improving and promoting a diverse set of effective and quality-driven public charter schools to provide opportunities, best practices, and innovative education in Texas. Providing one voice for public charter schools in Texas, TCSA has advocated for favorable legislation to advance the charter school movement; created needed member services; established a Quality Framework continuous improvement process to help measure academic results, leadership, public accountability and fiscal management at charter schools in Texas; and served as a resource for charter schools across the state.