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The 86th Legislative Session is Underway!

The 86th Legislative Session is Underway!

Two weeks ago, the 86th Texas Legislature convened, so we are officially in session! On day one, The Texas House unanimously elected Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) as Speaker of the House. In his acceptance speech, the Speaker highlighted school finance reform, which the Governor and Lt. Governor have also emphasized, as a top priority […]

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Two January Webinars Free to TCSA Member Schools!

Two January Webinars Free to TCSA Member Schools!

It’s back to school after the holidays, and it’s time to get back to training! Join TCSA this January for two webinars that we are providing free to TCSA member schools. On Thursday, January 24 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. join us for Creating and Submitting a Successful Expansion Amendment – 2019 Edition. Follow […]

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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 statement on the recent AP review of public charter school student diversity.

TCSA statement on the recent AP review of public charter school student diversity.

Public charter schools do not create racial isolation, despite an assertion made by a recent AP review. Rebuttals by the National Alliance for Public […]

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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: Capital Impact Partners on NMTC Financing

Guest Blog: Capital Impact Partners on NMTC Financing

The lack of capital for building or renovating school facilities in low-income communities is a common problem. Fortunately, options exist to ensure that high-quality public charter schools can secure financing to meet the needs of their students. One such initiative is the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC).

If you have a project scheduled to […]

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The Power of Instructional Coaching

The Power of Instructional Coaching

Have you considered how instructional coaching might impact student achievement and ultimately scores within your charter system? Teacher coaching has emerged as a promising alternative to traditional professional development normally offered by charter schools. Informal, classroom-based instructional coaching has proven effective in solidifying teacher content knowledge and pedagogy and aided in teacher retention.

Coaching can […]

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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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Guest Blog: JR3

Guest Blog: JR3

Three Good Reasons to make the switch to Digital On-Boarding for Student and HR enrollment

1. It’s less work and less expensive. 

Plain and simple, digital Student and HR onboarding is less work and saves money. With the right platform, charter schools can avoid the mountain of application and enrollment paperwork that kills productivity during […]

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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 […]