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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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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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