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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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Nomination Forms Due Date has been Extended Through Monday, September 4th!

Nomination Forms Due Date has been Extended Through Monday, September 4th!

The 2017 TCSA Annual Election began July 28th and closes October 11th.

A total of 14 leadership positions are up for election this year:

  • The Member Council Vice-Chair

TCSA Board of Directors (5 vacancies):

  • Large School Representative (3 vacancies)
  • Small School Representative (1 vacancy)
  • Standing Member School Small (1 vacancy)

TCSA Elected Advocacy Committee (8 vacancies):

  • Large School Representative (2 vacancies)
  • Small School […]
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Guest Blog: Log In & Learn More

Guest Blog: Log In & Learn More

Over the past several weeks, I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from parents across our state regarding the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Report Card.

The report card contrasts dramatically from what had been shared with parents in previous years. The revamped report presents information in a more colorful, understandable […]

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Students at Public Charter Schools Receive Facilities Funds for the First Time

Students at Public Charter Schools Receive Facilities Funds for the First Time

It gives me great pleasure to share news of the historic passage of HB 21 by the Texas Legislature. As you know, securing facilities funding has been the primary legislative priority for the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) since our inception in 2008, and this win has been a long time coming.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Charter schools and school districts alike provide many opportunities for students to participate in prekindergarten, extracurricular activities, field trips, and after school programs. In order to assist with the costs of these additional programs, charter schools and school districts may charge some optional fees or charge tuition for the program, but only if they […]

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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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Executive Leader Meetings Hosted in September

Executive Leader Meetings Hosted in September

Coming soon to a region near you: the 2017-18 version of Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) Executive Leader Meetings. 

These regional meetings provide a place for charter leaders to come together to learn from legal experts and share best practices among each other on charter-specific topics.  TCSA plans to offer leaders in each region two […]

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Post Session Resources for Member Schools

Post Session Resources for Member Schools

85TH REGULAR SESSION LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY AVAILABLE NOW

The TCSA Legislative Summary of the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature is now available for member schools through the TCSA Quality Member Portal. TCSA Legal kept busy this summer reviewing and summarizing all 113 bills passed during the 85th Regular Legislative Session that impact […]

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Special Session Update

Special Session Update

The 30-day Special Legislative Session began last week at lightning speed with bill filings, committee hearings, and floor votes. The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) team has been at the state Capitol working on behalf of students at public charter schools.

During a special legislative session, only the governor has the authority to determine the […]

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A Message from TCSA’s New Board Chairman

A Message from TCSA’s New Board Chairman

The Texas Charter Schools Association’s (TCSA) Board of Directors recently elected me as Chairman and as a community and business representative on the Board, and I am honored to serve in this new role. Since I am new to TCSA’s board, I want to take this opportunity to share with you a little about […]