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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 […]

April 2019

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TCSA Update on the 86th Legislative Session

TCSA Update on the 86th Legislative Session

April 17th, 2019

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 […]

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Two New Trainings Free to TCSA Members Schools

Two New Trainings Free to TCSA Members Schools

April 17th, 2019

At TCSA we are always looking for ways to add value to your membership and respond to training requests from members.  One topic that frequently arises is that of superintendent evaluation.  Most governance boards understand the importance of evaluating the school leader of their organization, but they aren’t sure where to start.   We’ve […]

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Inaugural Charter School Facilities Summit

Inaugural Charter School Facilities Summit

April 17th, 2019

The Texas Charter Schools Association, in conjunction with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Tennessee Charter School Center, is excited to announce the launch of the Charter School Facilities Summit. Taking place in Austin on June 4th, 2019, this convening shall provide objective information on the various aspects of growth and expansion, […]

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TCSA Letter to Texas Elected Officials Outlines Priorities for School Finance Reform Bills

TCSA Letter to Texas Elected Officials Outlines Priorities for School Finance Reform Bills

April 2nd, 2019

The Texas Charter Schools Association has submitted a letter to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and members of the Texas House and Senate that outlines four key priorities for school finance reform as they work toward the final version of House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 4. TCSA firmly believes that all Texas children, regardless of […]

March 2019

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Helpful Reminders Regarding Applications and Enrollment

Helpful Reminders Regarding Applications and Enrollment

March 20th, 2019

Many schools are in the midst of their open enrollment process for the 2019-2020 school year.  As a reminder, application and enrollment are two separate and distinct processes.

Application Period

During the application period (open enrollment period) the school may only ask for basic information on the application completed by the parent that includes the student’s […]

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New Court Ruling on the Open Meetings Act

New Court Ruling on the Open Meetings Act

March 20th, 2019

On February 27, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest court in Texas for criminal matters), issued a ruling invalidating Section 551.143 of the Texas Open Meetings Act.  That section had created a misdemeanor offence if members of the governing body “knowingly conspired to circumvent this chapter by meeting in numbers less […]