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June 2019

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Five Schools Authorized to Open in 2020

Five Schools Authorized to Open in 2020

June 12th, 2019

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath authorized five new charter schools to launch 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 […]

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Here’s where Charter Schools stand after the legislative session

Here’s where Charter Schools stand after the legislative session

May 29th, 2019

Thanks to you, public charter schools in Texas had a very good legislative session! 

Here’s the good news: 

  • More funding for public schools—including charter schools! House Bill 3 provides charter schools with an average increase of $767 per student, which means raises for teachers and more money for the classroom.
  • Improved student safety! House Bill 3871 […]
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Inaugural Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute a Success!

Inaugural Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute a Success!

May 28th, 2019

It’s a wrap! The first cohort of the Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute (TALI) has ended, coinciding with the end of the legislative session. The institute was designed to help teachers gain a more thorough understanding of public charter school laws and to teach them help to advocate for policies and laws that are needed […]

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Nominate an Outstanding Charter School Teacher or Leader for TCSA Teacher and Leader of the Year Awards!

Nominate an Outstanding Charter School Teacher or Leader for TCSA Teacher and Leader of the Year Awards!

May 22nd, 2019

The deadline for 2019 TCSA Teacher of the Year and Leader of the Year nominations is July 15th, 2019.  TOTY and LOTY awardees will each receive:

  • An award of $1,000;
  • A free registration to the 2019 Texas Charter Schools Conference where they will receive recognition during the awards ceremony;
  • A prepared media statement for the awardee’s use; […]
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Guest Blog: The Power of the “Sneak Attack”

Guest Blog: The Power of the “Sneak Attack”

May 9th, 2019

“Sneak attack!” Miguel screams as he hurdles himself towards me for the fifth time today. It’s only 8:10AM – exactly one hour since he entered my classroom – and I feel my ribs crack for what seems like the hundredth time this week. His six-year-old arms slid around my waste, tightening like an angry […]

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Guest Blog: Never Give Up; Why I Teach at a Charter School

Guest Blog: Never Give Up; Why I Teach at a Charter School

May 8th, 2019

“I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity, but I don’t think I would be the best fit for the position.”  

Humiliated, I tapped the text to my friend who’d convinced me to interview with one of the few charter schools in East Texas, UT Tyler University Academy, a STEM academy, known for its […]

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Guest Blog – My Journey to Teaching: On a Mission to Inspire

Guest Blog – My Journey to Teaching: On a Mission to Inspire

May 7th, 2019

When I was in middle school, I was inspired by my math teacher, Mrs. Heinz. She noticed a special talent in me that she wanted to cultivate. I was good at calculations, so Mrs. Heinz scheduled time during the school day for me and a few others to work on advanced math. I loved […]

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Texas Public Charters Recognized among US News and World Report’s Best High Schools

Texas Public Charters Recognized among US News and World Report’s Best High Schools

May 1st, 2019

This week, the U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of the best public high schools in the nation for 2019. This year’s rankings again recognized many open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. In addition to the national list, US News also puts out a Top 100 Texas Public High Schools. Public […]

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86th Legislature Priority Bill Update

86th Legislature Priority Bill Update

May 1st, 2019

The last day of the 86th Legislative Session is May 27! With only four weeks left in the session, this is the time that everything starts moving quickly and bills start becoming laws.

Here is a look at where some of our priority bills are currently in the legislative process:
HB 3155 exempts public […]

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Is Your Facility Holding You Back?

Is Your Facility Holding You Back?

May 1st, 2019

Thinking about adding capacity or simply providing more space to your current students? Maybe you’ve been in those portables a bit longer than you anticipated? Perhaps it’s time to move out of the old strip mall and into something newer and more modern? Is your landlord giving you the raw deal?

If any of these […]