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November 20, 2019

High School Financial Aid Application Requirement

As a new requirement under HB 3, high school students will need to complete a post-secondary financial aid application in order to graduate. Beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must complete a FAFSA or TASFA, or submit a signed opt-out form for post-secondary financial aid before graduation. […]

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November 20, 2019

New Early Childhood Data Reporting Requirements

The Early Childhood Data System (ECDS) is a new state reporting feature in the Texas Student Data System. Schools will report prekindergarten and kindergarten data (only if administering a commissioner-approved kindergarten assessment) at the district level. Under the new required data reporting, schools that provide Pre-K or kindergarten programs will need to report information about […]

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November 20, 2019

Transportation Funding Implications Under House Bill 3

HB3 made significant changes to the regular transportation program funding rate that will allow districts to improve students’ access to schools outside of their attendance zone without negatively impacting their transportation allotment. Before HB3, the maximum effective rate per mile calculation and linear density rate provided a disincentive for districts to provide home to school […]

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November 6, 2019

Representative Matt Krause HD- 93 visits TCSA Headquarters in Austin

State Representative Krause from House District 93 stopped by the TCSA Headquarters in Austin on Tuesday, November 5 to meet with TCSA staff and accept his award as a 2019 Champion for Public Charter Schools & Students. This past session, Representative Krause sponsored HB 3871 which protects public charter school student safety by requiring municipalities […]

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November 6, 2019

TCSA Restorative Discipline Survey for School Leaders and Behavioral Specialists

Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is collecting data regarding your district’s use of restorative discipline practices. Since we truly value your time, this survey should only take 3 minutes to complete. We would greatly appreciate if you’d provide us your responses by Wednesday, November 27th. Restorative discipline is defined as “a whole-school, relational approach to […]

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November 6, 2019

Improving Special Education Services in Charter Schools

One of the most important student populations in all schools is students with disabilities. Special education programs for students with disabilities is among the most critical services that schools provide, and evidence suggests that special education services is a major factor in the choices parents make for their child’s schooling. Though our charter schools in […]

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November 6, 2019

Congratulations to Theresa Gray and Dr. Jennifer Goodman, TCSA Teacher and Leader of the Year!

Congratulations to Theresa Gray, a high school teacher from the Harmony School of Innovation-Katy, who was named the Texas Charter School Teacher of the Year last Wednesday at the Texas Charter School Association 2019 Conference.   Gray teaches a variety of courses, including U.S. History, Government, Economics, Entrepreneurship, as well as a Career and Technical Education […]

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November 6, 2019

TCSA Conference Thank You and More New Training!

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2019 TCSA Conference!  We had a record crowd of over 1700 attendees and an extremely high level of engagement from our attendees, whether it was in attendance at breakout sessions, prowling the exhibit hall, or enjoying the 80’s prom with the Spazmatics!                                     While it’s fresh on your mind, […]

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October 16, 2019

HB3 Establishes New Blended Learning Grant Opportunity

The Blended Learning Grant Program (BLGP) is a four-year process to design, launch, and scale a high-quality blended learning system. The BLGP has been approved by the Commission on School Finance and established by House Bill 3.   Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines face to face instruction with online learning in order to […]

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October 16, 2019

Keep up-to-date on Extended School Year Services

As per the guidance of the Texas Education Agency, Extended School Year (ESY) services are to be delivered beyond the regular school year. Extended School Year services is an individualized instructional program for eligible students with disabilities. ESY services are connected to previous and future school year services. These services allow students with disabilities to maintain […]

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