September 3, 2015

Guest Blog: Podcast for Principals

By Troy Mooney, Life School Chief Academic Officer Principals make many crucial decisions each day, often with limited information, inadequate resources and unforgiving time constraints. Further, the consequences of making a mistake on any of these decisions can be devastating for the campus, the school system or the principal themselves. The U.S Navy SEAL axiom, […]

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September 1, 2015

School Finance Lawsuit: Now, We Wait

Update: Archived video of the oral arguments can be viewed here. Former Texas Solicitor General James Ho made the case for equitable funding for public charter school students and TCSA General Counsel Denise Pierce drove the point home at the school finance trial before the Supreme Court of Texas on Tuesday. “We want you to […]

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August 27, 2015

School Finance Lawsuit: Three Things to Know

By Denise Pierce, TCSA General Counsel 1. It’s historic This is the first time in the history of the Texas charter school movement that the case for fair funding will be made before the Supreme Court of Texas. The public charter school movement joined the school finance lawsuit in 2012 and went to trial in […]

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August 27, 2015

$111 million bond package for Dallas charter

From International Leadership of Texas International Leadership of Texas started very strong. On its first day of school in 2013, there were 2,500 students in attendance. Enrollment has since doubled in two years at the nine Dallas-Fort Worth area campuses. And there is demand for more seats with more than 6,000 students on wait lists […]

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August 23, 2015

Top Five Reasons to Attend TCSACon

There are so many ways you can learn, grow and share at the Texas Charter Schools Conference -- it’s an event you won’t want to miss! From Oct. 28-30, here are just a few highlights of what TCSACon offers: 1. Workshops with required training hours for superintendents, principals, business officers, board members and teachers. 2. […]

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August 17, 2015

Growing Your Grassroots

By Martha Fernandez, TCSA Director of Advocacy Since the end of the 84th Legislative Session, I’ve been meeting with several of our charter school leaders to discuss their advocacy plans for the next 15 months. And while they’ve been busy getting their schools up and running for the 2015-16 school year, everyone has been positive […]

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August 14, 2015

Charters Earn Top Accountability Distinctions

Highlights from the 2015 TEA Accountability Ratings Of the 153 Texas campuses that earned all seven distinctions in the 2015 accountability ratings, 25 were open-enrollment public charter schools. Distinctions are awarded to campuses based on their achievement compared to similar campuses. "Earning any type of distinction under the state accountability system is commendable and should […]

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August 13, 2015

New Charter FIRST: Highlights and Cautions

By Denise Pierce, TCSA General Counsel The new Charter FIRST rules, which went into effect August 6, establish the financial rating indicators for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 school years. The Texas Education Agency is to be applauded for its diligence. Since the TEA was required to revamp the charter financial accountability system in 2013 […]

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August 11, 2015

Guest Blog: Austin family found a charter home

By: Justin Parmann, guardian of a KIPP Austin Comunidad student My wife and I became the guardians of her two amazing grandsons a little more than three years ago. They were almost one- and four-years old at that time. In their short lives, the boys experienced a lot of instability and uncertainty. It is because […]

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July 28, 2015

Three easy ways to add advocacy to your school year

By: Martha Fernandez, TCSA Director of Advocacy The beginning of the school year is a busy time for families, educators and students. There are supplies to purchase, lessons to plan and a new routine to learn. But don't let that excitement and stress distract you from an important piece of being in the public charter […]

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