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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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New Court Ruling on the Open Meetings Act

New Court Ruling on the Open Meetings Act

On February 27, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest court in Texas for criminal matters), issued a ruling invalidating Section 551.143 of the Texas Open Meetings Act.  That section had created a misdemeanor offence if members of the governing body “knowingly conspired to circumvent this chapter by meeting in numbers less […]

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Legal, News|Tags: , , |
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The Latest Big Win for Texas Charters

The Latest Big Win for Texas Charters

Texas charters achieved a major victory on March 15th when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) upheld a June 2017 Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decision dismissing a concerted activity claim by a former employee of Universal Academy on the grounds that the NLRB does not have jurisdiction over Texas public charter schools under […]

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Legal|Tags: , , , |
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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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Reason #10 for a TCSA Membership: Free Legal Assistance

Reason #10 for a TCSA Membership: Free Legal Assistance

Do not forget your free legal assistance from the dynamic duo of Texas Charters Schools Association’s (TCSA) Legal Team: Lindsey Gordon, General Counsel and Christine Nishimura, Deputy General Counsel. As members of TCSA, each school’s administration, board of directors, and human resource specialists have access to free legal assistance on all your pressing questions. […]

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‘Tis the Season for Presents and Policies

‘Tis the Season for Presents and Policies

Model Policy Updates

Model Policy subscribers can find more updates in the Quality Portal incorporating important changes made by the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. TCSA Legal updated 400.080 Required Instruction & Graduation to include changes to college readiness and vocational assessments. Section 400.120 Health now includes information about required lice notices […]

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Guest Blog: Texas Supreme Court Considers Applicability of Texas Whistleblower Act to Charter Schools

Guest Blog: Texas Supreme Court Considers Applicability of Texas Whistleblower Act to Charter Schools

In November, I went before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (Baker Ripley) to argue that public charter schools are not subject to the Texas Whistleblower Act.  You can listen to the oral argument and learn more about the case here

Our primary argument before the Texas Supreme Court focused […]

November 29th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Member Services|Tags: , , |
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Your New Director of Legal and Policy Services

Your New Director of Legal and Policy Services

This past June my former 4th graders graduated high school, and though I couldn’t be there to celebrate with them, it was a very proud day for me. Eight years ago I was a founding member of the first middle school Aspire Public Schools opened in Los Angeles, branching out from Oakland, California. As […]

November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Legal, Member Services, News|Tags: , |
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TCSACon: Meet Board Member Training Requirements

TCSACon: Meet Board Member Training Requirements

By Dr. Paula Moeller, TCSA Director of Training

Got school board members?

Of course!

But have they met their training requirements? Returning board members need six hours and new board members need 12 instructional hours of training this year!

TCSA has you covered with a six-hour Board Workshop on the Friday of the

HB 2610: From Days to Minutes for Student Attendance

HB 2610: From Days to Minutes for Student Attendance

By Lindsey Gordon, TCSA Director of Policy and Legal Services

TEA released a change document that indicates certain changes that will be made to the forthcoming 2015-2016 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook based on House Bill 2610 (Rep. Ken King), the new law that changes the number of days a school district […]