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85th Legislative Session Wrap-Up

85th Legislative Session Wrap-Up

 

Earlier this week, the 85th Legislative Session concluded at the Texas Capitol and I am pleased to report that the legislature passed two significant priorities for public charter schools that will foster growth and innovation in public education.

Permanent School Fund-SB 1480 by Senator Bryan Hughes and Representative Jim Murphy (author of the companion bill, […]

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Charter Victory with PSF Expansion

Charter Victory with PSF Expansion

There is great news for students on one of the Texas Charter Schools Association’s chief priorities for the 85th legislative session. Earlier this week, the Texas House passed legislation to expand the capacity of the Permanent School Fund Bond Guarantee Program for public charter schools. After a landslide vote of 139 Yeas to 7 […]

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TCSA’s Mid-April Legislative Update

TCSA’s Mid-April Legislative Update

This week three priority bills made it one step further along in the legislative process. On Tuesday, SB 1658 and HB 467 made it out of their respective committees. The Senate Education Committee unanimously voted out SB 1658, by Chairman Larry Taylor, the disposition of property bill. This bill would clarify the […]

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TCSA Update on the 85th Legislative Session

TCSA Update on the 85th Legislative Session

The 85th Legislative Session is in full swing and more than half-way complete.  Several priority bills for the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) have already received a hearing in committee, one of the first steps that a bill must take before moving forward.  This is truly great news as the sooner bills are heard […]

Legislation Filed to Facilitate Charter Growth in Texas

Legislation Filed to Facilitate Charter Growth in Texas

Representative Jim Murphy of Houston, District 133, is a champion for public charter schools at the Texas Capitol. Last session, Rep. Murphy filed two of TCSA’s legislative priorities: HB 3018, which increased public charter school access to the Permanent School Fund (PSF) Bond Guarantee Program, and HB 1276/HJR 85, which exempted property leased to […]

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The 85th Legislative Session Kicks Off Next Week

The 85th Legislative Session Kicks Off Next Week

Happy New Year!

As you all welcome your students and families back to school for the spring semester, TCSA welcomes back the Texas Legislature for the 85th Legislative Session. For 140 days, beginning on January 10th, our attention will turn towards Austin where our state’s lawmakers will deliberate various issues with significant implications for public […]

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Legal, Member Services|Tags: , , , |

Contact Your SBOE Member Today!

Contact Your SBOE Member Today!

The Permanent School Fund (PSF) allows schools to participate in a bond guaranty program and in order to be eligible for PSF, charter schools must achieve an investment grade rating from a national firm. PSF allows charter schools to access bonds with the full faith and credit of the State of Texas, which […]

November 10th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, TEA|Tags: , , , |
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Your Voices Have Been Heard!

Your Voices Have Been Heard!

Today the charter school movement achieved an important win: the State Board of Education voted to give qualifying charter schools earlier access to the recent increase for Permanent School Fund bond guarantee program. The new effective date is February 1, 2016 as opposed to the previous effective date of September 1, 2016. This vote is significant because […]

November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Advocacy, News|Tags: , , , |