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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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TCSA’s Upcoming Fall Webinars

TCSA’s Upcoming Fall Webinars

Immigration and Your Charter School: Protecting Rights of Schools and Students in an Age of Immigration Enforcement

This webinar will highlight best practices on matters pertaining to federal and state law enforcement agencies in light of new and anticipated rulings and interpretations of immigration enforcement practices.

Presented by Joseph Hoffer from Shulman, Lopez, Hoffer and […]

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Celebrating Improved Charter Performance!

Celebrating Improved Charter Performance!

There is much to celebrate with the latest Texas Education Agency (TEA) academic accountability ratings that were released last week. More charter campuses than ever, 538 in all, achieved Met Standard or Alternative Standard accountability, while the number of charter holders meeting standard increased to 85 percent, a 4.8 percent increase over […]

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August Member Council Meeting

August Member Council Meeting

Last week, the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) held its quarterly Member Council Meeting (MCM) with about 40 participants representing member charter schools from across the Lone Star State.

TCSA’s Executive Director David Dunn opened the meeting with brief remarks and was followed by MCM Chair, Kathleen Zimmermann, who welcomed members to Austin.  Dunn shared […]

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Charter Schools Performance Framework

Charter Schools Performance Framework

Yesterday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2016 Charter Schools Performance Framework (CSPF) Reports for charter schools across Texas.  Provision for the frameworks is found in TEC §12.1181(a) which states, “The Commissioner shall develop and by rule adopt performance frameworks that establish standards by which to measure the performance of an open […]

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Outtakes from the TCSA Member Council Meeting on April 27, 2017

Outtakes from the TCSA Member Council Meeting on April 27, 2017

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) was pleased to host 35 charter systems at the most recent Member Council Meeting on April 27, following the successful Texas Public Charter School Rally at the state capitol the day before. Additionally, some member schools participated in the meeting virtually.

Dr. Penny Schwinn, the Deputy Commissioner of Academics […]

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Understanding the CaSE Indicators and Accountability

Understanding the CaSE Indicators and Accountability

Helping You Understand Your Responsibilities Regarding Community and Student Engagement Ratings and the Texas Academic Accountability System

Big changes are coming to the way CaSE (Community and Student Engagement) indicators are evaluated and reported by districts and charter holders and individual campuses. On Tuesday, May 9th at 4 p.m. TCSA is providing a free

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Preliminary A-F Ratings

Preliminary A-F Ratings

In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature passed HB 2804, which changed the Texas school accountability system so that every campus and district/charter receives one of five ratings from A through F, both on five separate domains and also combined into a single overall grade. By now you are probably aware that earlier in January […]

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Accountability Ratings – APPEAL DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.

Accountability Ratings – APPEAL DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.

This is to remind member schools of the deadlines regarding an appeal of a school’s academic accountability rating for the 2015-2016 school year, and the critical importance of these ratings in light of the mandatory charter revocation requirements under Tex. Educ. Code §12.115(c).

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On August 12, 2016, TEA released preliminary 2016 Accountability ratings (for […]

September 15th, 2016|Categories: Legal, Member Services, TEA|Tags: , , , , |
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TCSA’s Comments on TEA’s Proposed 2016 Accountability Manual

TCSA’s Comments on TEA’s Proposed 2016 Accountability Manual

The Texas Charter Schools Association submitted the following comments to Commissioner Morath at the Texas Education Agency on Monday, June 27, 2016. The comments pertain to 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter AA, Accountability and Performance Monitoring, §97.1001, Accountability Rating System.

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is the statewide membership organization for effective […]

July 6th, 2016|Categories: Legal, Member Services, TEA|Tags: , , , |