SB 1882 partnerships, created as a result of legislation passed in 2017, offer open-enrollment charters and other eligible non-profit entities an opportunity to partner with traditional ISDs to improve the quality of education in districts across the state.  There are three types of partnerships as a result of this legislation:

  • Turnaround Partnerships – the district contracts with a partner to turnaround an IR campus;
  • Innovation Partnerships – the district contracts with a partner to innovate at an existing non-IR campus; and
  • New School Partnerships – the district contracts with a partner to launch a brand new campus/school model.

Listed below are the partnerships that TEA has currently approved for 2018 or are under review for approval:

Grand Prairie ISD

Uplift Education

Innovation Partnership

1 Campus

San Antonio ISD

CAST Tech

Innovation Partnership

1 Campus

Austin ISD

Mainspring Schools

New School Partnership

1 Campus

San Antonio ISD

Texans Can Academy

New School Partnership

1 Campus

Edgewood ISD

PreK4SA

New School Partnership

1 Campus

Galveston ISD

Moody ECE

New School Partnership

1 Campus

San Antonio ISD

Relay Lab Schools

Turnaround Partnership

2 Campus

San Antonio ISD

Democracy Prep

Turnaround Partnership

1 Campus

Ector County ISD

Ector County Success Network

Turnaround Partnership

1 Campus

Hearne ISD

Hearne Education Foundation

Turnaround Partnership

2 Campus

Waco ISD

Transform Waco

Turnaround Partnership

5 Campus

Austin ISD

T-STEM Coalition

Turnaround Partnership

1 Campus

 

To be eligible for the benefits associated with SB 1882 the open-enrollment charter or eligible entity partner must operate the campus.  To operate a campus, the partner must:

  • Have responsibility to hire, select, approve assignment of and manage the chief operating office or principal of the campus.
  • Have responsibility to hire, select, approve assignment of and manage instructional staff that serve a majority of the students on the campus.
  • Have initial and final authority over decisions related to curriculum, calendar, and assessments.

To be eligible for benefits associated with SB 1882 the partner entity must demonstrate the capacity to manage campuses and must have a board that does not include any school district board of trustees, the school district superintendent, any school district personnel involved in the review, approval, monitoring, or renewal of the Subchapter C charter or performance contract. 

TEA is actively seeking open-enrollment charters that may be interested in becoming a partnering entity with a school district for one of the three types of 1882 partnerships.  For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Doug Dawson, TEA Assistant Director of System Support and Innovation at doug.dawson@tea.texas.gov or TCSA Director of Growth and Development Elliott Nguyen at enguyen@txcharterschools.org

In addition, TEA will be providing several webinars this fall to share this same information.  Stay tuned to our Events Calendar for information about this and other free webinars including Charter 101 for New Board Members and CEOs (September 11th), Customer Service Training for Front Office Staff (September 14th), and Texas Open Meetings Act Training (October 16th).  Also, remember to sign up for a TCSA Regional Meeting near you, including East Texas (September 12th), Dallas area (September 13th), San Antonio (September 18th), El Paso (September 19th), and West Texas (September 20th).