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May 7, 2020

NEW REPORT: Students with Special Needs Excel in Public Charter Schools

AUSTIN – New research released today shows students with special needs attending Texas public charter schools have higher reading proficiency growth, are more likely to be included in general education classrooms, and have a greater likelihood of attending college than their ISD counterparts. The report, “Texas Public Charters Prepare Special Education Students to Achieve Ambitious […]

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April 17, 2020

From the Frying Pan Into the Fire: Texas Charter School Leaders Need to Prepare Now for Instability Over the Next Few Years

By Dr. Alan Seay The last four weeks have been historic. Someday, maybe two or three years from now, we will all look back on what schools did in the last month and marvel at the accomplishment. Across the nation, 55 million school children are now going to school in a fundamentally different way. When […]

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March 18, 2020

Daily Updates from TEA Regarding COVID-19

Key Takeaways & TPCSA Notes from 3/24 As the pace of new information slows, TPCSA will no longer send daily updates; will send updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If there is a major announcement, we will send no matter what day of the week it is made. Tomorrow’s call with TEA will focus on Continuity […]

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March 5, 2020

TPCSA Joins Effort to Increase Latino Representation on U.S. Census

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Charter Schools Association is excited to announce its participation in a collaborative effort between Travis County, Austin/Travis County Latino Count Complete Committee, and Austin Independent School District, as well as the offices of Rep. Celia Israel (House District 50) and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (House District 51) to increase Latino awareness of […]

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March 4, 2020

Charter Schools Now Election Update

This guest content is provided by Charter Schools Now, a 501(c)(4) organization that builds the political and policy landscape needed for charter schools to thrive. Charter school supporters in Texas have plenty of reason to celebrate the results of Tuesday's election. Our election strategy is to work in concert with the Charter Schools Now Political […]

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February 20, 2020

Proposed Commissioner Rules for Highly Mobile Students, Students facing Homelessness, and Students in Substitute Care

By Michelle Aguilar Under federal and Texas state law, students facing homelessness have a right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (federal law) provides assistance to help students facing homelessness ensure their educational rights and protections. This program helps states ensure that students of all ages facing homelessness have […]

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February 20, 2020

The National Center for Special Education Services Provides Quality Special Education Services and Supports to Public Charter Schools

By Michelle Aguilar According to the National Center for Special Education Services, approximately 6.4 million students — roughly 13% of the student population between ages 6-21 — receive special education and related services in public schools every year. In order to provide a high quality and equitable education to students of all abilities, it is […]

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February 13, 2020

Be Intentional About Governance to Achieve Your Mission

Any Greenawalt of Austin Achieve shares lessons the board learned about intentional growth to achieve goals.

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January 31, 2020

Texas Public Charter School Advocates Share Their Stories

Parents, teachers, and school leaders from around the state joined in for our inaugural tweet-up to share their stories of why they #ChooseTXCharters.

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January 21, 2020

TPCSA Continues to Fight for Charter Expansion

In November 2019, the Texas Education Agency proposed some major rule changes to the Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF). These proposed rules would use a new scoring system to restrict expansion of Texas public charter schools. TPCSA advocated for reasonable changes to these proposed rules to ensure that approval for expansion amendments would depend on […]

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