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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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How TCSA Protected $17 million in Facilities Funding for 72 Texas Charter School Districts

How TCSA Protected $17 million in Facilities Funding for 72 Texas Charter School Districts

Did you know that nearly half of all charter districts in Texas were in danger of losing out on $200 per student this year? We did, and we fought for our schools.

In December, TCSA was successful in helping protect facilities funding for 72 Texas charter districts. Last year, TEA decided not to issue letter grades […]

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TCSA’s Special Election Nomination Slate Announced

TCSA’s Special Election Nomination Slate Announced

The TCSA Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Special Election Nomination Slate for the Standing Small School Board of Director position. The slate is available on the voting page of the TCSA Quality Portal.


Electronic voting, and candidate information is available now on the voting page. As a reminder, charter leaders […]

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New Year…New TCSA!

New Year…New TCSA!

As we kick off 2018, the horizon is bright for both public charter schools and our association. As interim CEO, the prospect of selecting a permanent leader for TCSA is exciting. I am actively involved with the search committee to ensure we attract top candidates that share our passion for public charter education.  The […]

Amanda List Returns to Help Advocacy Team During Transition

Amanda List Returns to Help Advocacy Team During Transition

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s (TCSA) Interim CEO Chuck Cook tapped former association staffer Amanda List to serve as Interim Vice President of Government and Public Affairs.

Amanda is a principal of AList Consulting and served as TCSA’s first director of advocacy. As one of the earliest hires for the association, she helped recruit new […]

November 15th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Member Services, News|Tags: , |
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Reason #15 to Join or Renew Membership with TCSA: Support to Address Charter Challenges

Reason #15 to Join or Renew Membership with TCSA: Support to Address Charter Challenges

There are several reasons to join or renew your membership with the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), and one of the primary reasons includes TCSA’s support in addressing the challenges that you and your charter team are wrestling with right now.

TCSA assists charters and their boards with a wide array of subject matters, all […]

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TEA Generation 23 External Reviewer Application is Now Available!

TEA Generation 23 External Reviewer Application is Now Available!

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has just posted the RFQ announcing the need for qualified external reviewers to score Generation 23 charter school applications. The application packet can be found here. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 11th.

What is an independent external reviewer of charter applications, and what do they do? […]

November 9th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, News, Opportunities, Quality, TEA|Tags: , , , , |
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Guest Blog: Why Become a TCSA Member?

Guest Blog: Why Become a TCSA Member?

Wayside Schools became a member of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) five years ago when I joined the Wayside staff as CEO. I have been a passionate supporter of TCSA for many years and share the belief that every parent should have the opportunity to choose the free, public school that best fits […]

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A New Chapter for TCSA

A New Chapter for TCSA

As a founding board member of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), I have been passionate about this organization since its inception. TCSA’s mission is to improve student achievement in Texas by advocating for and strengthening a diverse set of high quality charter schools. I’m thrilled to be a part of this mission both […]

November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Member Services, News|Tags: , , , |
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Achieve the vote!

Achieve the vote!

Early voting is officially underway in Texas and Austin Achieve Public Schools is striving to increase voter turnout.

On October 4th Austin Achieve held a student-led voter registration drive to register eligible voters in Austin. A group of juniors from the school’s founding class of 2019, along with the help of a Travis county Volunteer […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, News|Tags: , , , , |