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July 2019

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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 […]

May 2019

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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 […]