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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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October 15, 2019

A Path to a Six-Figure Teacher Salary

Short Description:   House Bill 3 created the Teacher Incentive Allotment, which can provide Texas charter districts the ability to reward their highest-performing teachers with extra pay. This extra pay is on top of base salaries and can provide a path for high performing teachers to earn six-figure salaries.   Longer Description:   House Bill 3 created the […]

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October 15, 2019

November 1 Deadline for Extra Funding Available for Charters that Meet the Significant Expansion of Enrollment Criteria

Certain open-enrollment charter schools may be entitled to additional funding if they meet the criteria for a significant expansion of enrollment.  Schools must first be receiving money under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B) to be eligible for the additional funding.  The criteria for significant expansion is […]

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October 7, 2019

TCSA announces new fellows for the 2019-2020 Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute

The Texas Charter Schools Association is proud to announce 25 fellows have been accepted to the 2019-2020 Teacher Advocacy Leadership Institute (TALI). This highly selective fellowship is in its second year and has doubled the number of fellows to meet growing demand.     The purpose of the fellowship is to help educators gain a more thorough […]

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October 2, 2019

Important Sessions presented by TEA Staff at the 2019 TCSA Conference

Several significant changes to the rules surrounding growth and expansion as well as charter school application and waitlist requirements have come about as the result of legislation passed in the recent 86th legislative session.  TCSA has been working with TEA charter division staff to provide schools with the most up to date information to be […]

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October 2, 2019

District and Board Goal Setting: New Requirements Under HB3

HB3 now requires schools to create three plans to target early childhood literacy proficiency, early childhood math proficiency and college, career, and military readiness.  All plans are required to include an annual review of the plans by the board at a public meeting, posting of the plans on the school’s website, specific, quantifiable, annual goals […]

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October 1, 2019

Updates to Bilingual Education Allotments

        One of the key changes to the weighted funding formula for schools under HB 3 is the formula used to calculate the bilingual education allotment (BEA), which provides funding to districts and charters for the education of students participating in one of the State’s six English Learner/Limited English Proficiency (EL/LEP) program […]

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