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August 2019

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More Great Breakout Sessions Planned for the 2019 TCSA Conference!

More Great Breakout Sessions Planned for the 2019 TCSA Conference!

August 21st, 2019


We have a wide variety of breakout sessions scheduled for the Annual Texas Charter Schools Conference on October 28th– 30th in San Antonio, each with assigned Commissioner Credit hours.  Here is another sampling of the many innovative professional development opportunities available:

  • Come and Get Your Prior Written Notice: What You Need to Know on Special […]

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Receive Your Required Training Credit Hours at the TCSA Conference!

Receive Your Required Training Credit Hours at the TCSA Conference!

August 7th, 2019

More than 80 breakout sessions are scheduled for the 2019 TCSA Annual Conference on October 28th – 30th in San Antonio, each with assigned Commissioner Credit hours. Here are just a sampling of the many innovative professional development opportunities available:

· The Fireworks of Feedback – In this session presented by Michelle Callis, Heather […]

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New Pre-K Requirements for Charter Schools

New Pre-K Requirements for Charter Schools

August 7th, 2019

When the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3 during the 86th Legislative Session, it created a new requirement for charters and all other public schools to provide full-day Pre-K for all eligible 4-year-olds. This new Pre-K requirement goes into effect for the 2019-20 school year and applies to all charters who are authorized in […]

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Back to School Compliance Checklist

Back to School Compliance Checklist

August 7th, 2019

Are your charter’s anti-bullying policy and student code of conduct ready for the new school year?

The 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner. There is no time like the present for Texas charter schools to ensure they are compliant with the Education Code and with TEA requirements. This blog focuses on […]

July 2019

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TEA Accepts Majority of TCSA Comments on New Performance Framework

TEA Accepts Majority of TCSA Comments on New Performance Framework

July 24th, 2019

This year the Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF) underwent a substantial review with input from stakeholders.  After that review process, the TEA proposed the new CSPF and allowed feedback from interested parties before official adoption.  TCSA submitted comments to TEA regarding the proposed changes. The TEA agreed with the vast majority of TCSA’s […]

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Two Important Webinars for Charter Leaders

Two Important Webinars for Charter Leaders

July 24th, 2019

We are excited to add two new important webinars to our training offerings this summer.  On Thursday, August 1stat 10:00 a.m. please plan to join us for 86thLegislature Update for Charter Leaders.  As you know, a number of bills in addition to HB3 were signed into law as a result of actions of […]

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Legislative Updates: The Bills You Might Have Missed

Legislative Updates: The Bills You Might Have Missed

July 10th, 2019

Since the close of the 86thLegislative Session, charter districts have been working hard to learn all they can about House Bill 3 (H.B. 3)—the new school overhaul to Texas school finance. This is understandable, because as Education Commissioner Mike Morath said recently, “H.B. 3 is the most significant change in Texas to education finance […]

June 2019

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House Bill 3 Overhauls School Funding in Texas

House Bill 3 Overhauls School Funding in Texas

June 26th, 2019

TCSA worked with several organizations to create this to help your organization make decisions based on changes in the bill. However, some parts of House Bill 3 affecting charters called for the Commissioner to make implementation rules. All charter leaders should continue to check for rule updates from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

An over-arching […]

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Professional Training Opportunities at the 2019 TCSA Conference

Professional Training Opportunities at the 2019 TCSA Conference

June 26th, 2019

Don’t you wish there could be a one-stop shop to receive excellent professional training, earn Commissioner Credit hours, listen to inspiring speakers, learn about the latest educational tools, and enjoy world-class accommodations and food?  Stop wishing – you can get all of that and more at the 2019 TCSA Conference October 28th-30th in […]

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Four Schools Approved to Open in 2020

Four Schools Approved to Open in 2020

June 12th, 2019

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath approved four new charter schools to open in August 2020. The final step of authorization shall take place this Friday, June 14th when the State Board of Education meets. 

These schools began a rigorous authorization process in August 2018 and successfully navigated a lengthy and arduous authorization process with […]