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TCSA Update on the 86th Legislative Session

TCSA Update on the 86th Legislative Session

With only a little over a month left in the 86th Texas Legislative session, the Texas Charter Schools Association has been spending many days at the Capitol and many hours engaging with our charter school advocates. Last week was charter day in the House Public Education Committee. The committee heard over 20 bills directly related […]

April 17th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy|Tags: , |
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TCSA Appears before Senate Education Committee Hearing

TCSA Appears before Senate Education Committee Hearing

Texas public school charters voices are being heard during this legislative interim as lawmakers prepare for the next session in Austin.  On Monday, March 26, 2018 TCSA provided expert testimony at the Senate Education Committee hearing. Jerry Lager, Superintendent of Schools of Ki Charter testimony focused on teacher compensation and shared his school’s best practices to retain high quality teachers.  […]

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Guest Blog: Adding Education Options for Texas Families Multiplies Success

Guest Blog: Adding Education Options for Texas Families Multiplies Success

              I was so pleased to participate in National School Choice Week with nearly four thousand events taking place throughout our state. Parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, and students from every type of school come together to celebrate the power of education. The premise of school choice is simple: […]

February 8th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy|Tags: , , |
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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 […]

Choice Does Not Mean Compromise

Choice Does Not Mean Compromise

By Michelle McCurdy, Mother of a Charter School Student at Altamira Academy

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When considering Kindergarten for my daughter, Meredith, I researched every option to find the best school to meet her needs. I eventually selected Altamira Academy, one of three elementary […]

HB 2337: Bipartisan Push for Charter Facilities Funding

HB 2337: Bipartisan Push for Charter Facilities Funding

State Representatives Harold Dutton, Dwayne Bohac, Jodie Laubenberg, Eddie Lucio, III, and Ron Simmons have joined Senator Donna Campbell in taking the lead to narrow the funding gap for students attending a public charter school and those at traditional school districts. These joint authors filed HB 2337 as companion legislation to Senator Campbell’s

Representative Jason Villalba Filed HB 1269 Calling for Additional Funding for Public Charter Schools

Representative Jason Villalba Filed HB 1269 Calling for Additional Funding for Public Charter Schools

For the first time ever there is a bill filed in each chamber of the Texas Capitol that would provide much needed additional funding to public charter schools and their students. We previously reported Senator Donna Campbell filing SB 457. We now also have HB 1269 filed by Representative Jason Villalba.

Public charter schools are […]

February 13th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Legal, News|Tags: , , , , |
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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: , , , |
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Guest Blog: Charter Schools Show Support at National School Choice Week Rally

Guest Blog: Charter Schools Show Support at National School Choice Week Rally

On January 29, 2016, I had the privilege of hosting more than 400 public charter school students from ten of our ResponsiveEd’s campuses at the Texas State Capitol for the National School Choice Week Rally. Many of these students were visiting Austin and the Capitol for the first time, including some students who live in […]

February 4th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, News, Rally|Tags: , , , |
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NIFA Funds for New Construction

NIFA Funds for New Construction

The Texas Legislature restored funding for new school construction through the New Instructional Facility Allotment Program after a four-year break.
Reimbursement funds of $250 per student in average daily attendance are available for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, but the application deadline is July 15!
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