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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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July 23, 2015

Spotlight on Solution Providers

By: Zach Salesman, A.I.M. , and Lisa Freeman Schutz, KIPP San Antonio TCSA works hard to connect competitively-priced solution providers with the needs of our member schools. If you are a TCSA Solution Provider or TCSA member school with a positive story to share, let us know! Click to learn more about TCSA membership opportunities. […]

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July 10, 2015

Guest Blog: TCSA Charter Start “Critical to Approval”

By: Philip Muzzy, Co-Founder Ki Charter Academy Understanding the competitive nature of the Texas charter application process, we felt that it was imperative from day one to seek the Texas Charter Schools Association team for guidance. We were applying for the 501(c)3 when we first contacted the TCSA Quality Services division. Initially, they gave us […]

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July 6, 2015

Notice: Commissioner of Education Rule Review

Now is your chance to comment on Commissioner of Education rules, but your window of opportunity is short. Below is the deadline for comment submission and the associated rule: July 13 – Regional Education Service Centers (19 TAC Chapter 53), includes board of directors, charter school representation on the board of directions and ESC performance […]

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July 1, 2015

NIFA Funds for New Construction

The Texas Legislature restored funding for new school construction through the New Instructional Facility Allotment Program after a four-year break. Reimbursement funds of $250 per student in average daily attendance are available for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, but the application deadline is July 15! Click here for more information on NIFA and read […]

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June 1, 2015

US News Ranks 27 Texas Charter Schools

The US News & World Report Best High Schools 2015 rankings highlighted the great work being done at so many Texas public charter schools. TCSA congratulates those ranked schools as well as all of our state’s public charter schools bringing innovation to education and options to families! Ranked in the 2015 report were six IDEA […]

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May 26, 2015

10 Reasons to Exhibit at 2015 TCSACon

The Texas Charter Schools Conference is the only statewide charter event attracting about 1,500 leaders and innovators of Texas’ public charter schools. The conference brings your products and expertise straight to the consumer. Network and secure solid sales leads while you enhance quality public education in Texas by joining the conference October 28-30 at the […]

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