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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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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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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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TCSA Comments on Rules for NIFA and SAAH

TCSA Comments on Rules for NIFA and SAAH

On behalf of our members, TCSA recently submitted public comments to Education Commissioner Mike Morath on matters impacting students at public charter schools: New Instructional Facility Allotment and separately, the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook. 

NIFA

RE: Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter CC, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning School Facilities, §61.1034, New Instructional Facility […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: Legal, Member Services, News, Quality, TEA|Tags: , , , |
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Welcome Generation 22 Schools!

Welcome Generation 22 Schools!

By now you have probably heard the buzz and excitement about the addition of five new charter schools that were officially announced by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) on Friday, June 23rd. Here’s a snapshot of the five new charters opening in August, 2018:

Bridgeway Preparatory Academy, which will be located […]

New STAAR Report Card: Log In & Learn More

New STAAR Report Card: Log In & Learn More

This summer, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched a new STAAR report card that gives parents a more in-depth look at their child’s academic strengths and where their child needs extra help so they can be an even stronger partner in their child’s learning. As you know, students in grades 3-8 are required to take […]

July 6th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, News, TEA|Tags: , , , , , |

New Expansion Amendment Rules

New Expansion Amendment Rules

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently approved changes to the expansion amendment rules. The changes, which went into effect on June 8, amends 19 TAC Chapter 100.1033(b) and includes changes to how a charter school may request an amendment for relocation, expansion, and High-Quality Campus Designation.

RELOCATION
A charter school may now submit […]

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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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Congratulations to Generation 22 Applicants Moving Forward!

Congratulations to Generation 22 Applicants Moving Forward!

On March 30, 2017, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the results of the external review process for Generation 22 charter applicants. Of the applications submitted for external review, nine of the 26 evaluated (37 percent) met the 85 percent cut score requirement and will proceed to the next step in the approval process, […]

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Time’s Running Short to Submit an Expansion Amendment for 2017-2018!

Time’s Running Short to Submit an Expansion Amendment for 2017-2018!

It’s not too late to submit an expansion amendment effective for the 2017-18 school year, but time is running short. The last day to submit an amendment to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is April 1, 2017. Since that day falls on a Saturday this year, the effective deadline date is actually Friday, March […]

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Member Services, Quality, TEA|Tags: , , , , |