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September 18, 2019

Houston Parents, Students, Educators, School Leaders and Board Members participate in Save Our Charter School Rally

On Wednesday, September 11th, charter school parents, students, and educators, primarily African-American and Hispanic/Latino, took a "shot across the bow" to the Democratic Presidential candidates who were participating in the Democratic Presidential Debate held on the campus of TSU in Houston. The rally, organized by African-American and Hispanic/Latino charter school leaders from across the country, […]

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September 18, 2019

TEA Announces Competitive Grant Funding for Teacher and Principal Training - Application is Now Live!

The Texas Education Agency recently announced the opening of two competitive grant opportunities for recruiting and preparing future teachers and principals. These two grants would allow certain open-enrollment charter schools to receive funding to make available specific teacher/ school leader support and pipeline programs. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining teachers and school leaders will allow for […]

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September 17, 2019

New Reading Practices from HB3

A change from House Bill 3 is the addition of a new section of code, Tex. Edu. Code 28.0062. This new code places new requirements on charter schools in the areas of Reading Academies and Certification of Practices to TEA. There is also a new testing requirement for teaching certificates for Pre-K through 6th-grade teachers. […]

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September 4, 2019

Two New TCSA Training Webinars Coming Next Week!

TCSA has two new free webinars planned for next week that should be of interest to both charter CEOs and administrators as well as board members. On Tuesday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m. please plan to join Ryan Alexander for Introduction to Civic Builders. Civic Builders, a non-profit facilities developer, offers very favorable terms to […]

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September 4, 2019

Fostering Great Governance and Effective Leadership Systems at the 2019 TCSA Conference

Two of the important conference breakout strands emphasize training in effective governance as well as developing school and network leadership systems. Here’s a sampling of breakout sessions in these two strands: Why is Good Charter School Governance so Difficult? presented by Mike Mizzoni of BoardOnTrack – Monday, October 28 – 10:45 a.m. Great boards are […]

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August 21, 2019

More Great Breakout Sessions Planned for the 2019 TCSA Conference!

We have a wide variety of breakout sessions scheduled for the Annual Texas Charter Schools Conference on October 28th– 30th in San Antonio, each with assigned Commissioner Credit hours.  Here is another sampling of the many innovative professional development opportunities available: Come and Get Your Prior Written Notice: What You Need to Know on Special Education, 504 […]

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August 7, 2019

Receive Your Required Training Credit Hours at the TCSA Conference!

More than 80 breakout sessions are scheduled for the 2019 TCSA Annual Conference on October 28th – 30th in San Antonio, each with assigned Commissioner Credit hours. Here are just a sampling of the many innovative professional development opportunities available: · The Fireworks of Feedback - In this session presented by Michelle Callis, Heather Schoenfeld, […]

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August 7, 2019

New Pre-K Requirements for Charter Schools

When the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3 during the 86th Legislative Session, it created a new requirement for charters and all other public schools to provide full-day Pre-K for all eligible 4-year-olds. This new Pre-K requirement goes into effect for the 2019-20 school year and applies to all charters who are authorized in their […]

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August 7, 2019

Back to School Compliance Checklist

Are your charter’s anti-bullying policy and student code of conduct ready for the new school year? The 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner. There is no time like the present for Texas charter schools to ensure they are compliant with the Education Code and with TEA requirements. This blog focuses on two compliance […]

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July 24, 2019

TEA Accepts Majority of TCSA Comments on New Performance Framework

This year the Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF) underwent a substantial review with input from stakeholders.  After that review process, the TEA proposed the new CSPF and allowed feedback from interested parties before official adoption.  TCSA submitted comments to TEA regarding the proposed changes. The TEA agreed with the vast majority of TCSA’s comments and updated […]

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