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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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December 18, 2019

Texas Charter Schools Association Board of Directors 2020 Candidate Announcement

It is nearly time to vote for the 2020 small school members of the Texas Charter Schools Association Board of Directors. The 2020 candidates for small school charter operator representatives on the TCSA Board of Directors are: Board Member - Small School Representatives (2)  Dr. Jennifer S. Goodman, Superintendent, Odyssey Academy  Dr. Ken Vaughn, Director, Pineywoods Community […]

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December 18, 2019

HB 3 Establishes Funding for New Teacher Mentor Program

The Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) is a new, optional teacher mentorship program for districts. If districts choose to follow the best practices laid out in TEC §21.458, they may qualify for MPA funding. The MPA funding formula would provide selected districts with $1,800 per mentee, which can be used on: mentor stipends, scheduled release time, […]

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December 18, 2019

TEA Releases Updates to Results Driven Accountability (RDA, formerly PBMAS) Requirements

December 5, 2019- The Texas Education Agency has announced the implementation of changes to RDA related activities (formerly known as the Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System) for the 2019-2020 school year. On December 9th, TEA released the 2019-2020 performance levels for districts for: bilingual education/ English as a second language, career/technical education, Every Student Succeeds Act […]

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December 17, 2019

Grant Funding for Security Training and Facilities Required Under Senate Bill 11

The Texas Legislature has authorized $100 million for the 2019–2021 School Safety and Security Grant to help public school districts (including public charters) meet the new safety and security requirements under Senate Bill 11 (SB 11). SB 11 requires school districts to provide costly and time-consuming training to their employees, in addition to facilities upgrades […]

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December 4, 2019

CSPF School Leader Conference Call December 11th at 1:00 p.m.

TCSA has scheduled a conference call for school leaders to discuss the proposed rule changes to the Charter School Performance Framework.  The call is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th at 1:00 p.m.  To make the best use of everyone’s time, please email your CSPF questions, comments, or concerns to Dr. Timothy Mattison and Dr. Bruce […]

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December 4, 2019

Upcoming TCSA Webinar - Senate Bill 11 Facilities Standards for Schools

On Wednesday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m. please plan to join architect Kerri Ranney of Huckabee-inc.com, a leading Texas school architectural firm, as she discusses Senate Bill 11 Facilities Standards for Schools. Kerri is the Co-Chair of the TASA School Facilities Committee and was recently appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas School Safety […]

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December 4, 2019

TCSA Board of Directors Call for Candidates for Charter School Representatives

The Texas Charter Schools Association is holding elections for charter school operator representation on its Board of Directors in January 2020. As you may know, the TCSA Board of Directors voted in October to change its governance structure to reflect the changing needs of the sector and to create a board that is effective and […]

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