The U.S. Senate, including Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, voted 93-7 this week to approve the FY2019 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (Labor-HHS-Education) appropriations bill. This bill includes a $445 million appropriation to the Charter Schools Program (CSP), which is a $45 million increase from FY2018, and marks the highest funding level in the program’s more than 20-year history.

The appropriation will fund grants to states, charter management organizations, and other related entities for the start-up, replication, and expansion of high-quality charter schools, including funding for facilities.  Furthermore, this appropriation includes $7.5 million to expand charter schools in rural areas. The Congress will now send FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill to President Trump for his signature.

The pathway to passing the FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill started when the Department of Education (DOE) submitted its budget request to the White House in February of 2018, which President Trump released to Congress for review. In early June, the DOE testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to justify the request for additional CSP funding. The DOE representative delivered the following testimony:

“Our request would provide significant new resources dedicated to helping achieve the President's goal of giving every student the freedom to attend a school that best meets his or her unique needs…The Budget requests support for charter schools by providing an increase of $100 million—for a total of $500 million—and continues support for magnet schools. We also are proposing to expand use of Direct Student Services to allow States to reserve up to five percent of their Title I allocations to further expand educational freedom, including helping students transfer to a school that better meets individual needs.”

In June, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released its draft of the FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill. In this draft, the House recommended a $450 million appropriation to the CSP. The Committee then sent the funding bill—named H.B. 6157—to the House for full review. The House finally passed the funding bill 359-4. All of Texas’ 36 representatives in the House voted in favor of H.B. 6157. After voting on numerous amendments in August, the Senate passed the funding bill 85-7.

In early September, members from both houses met to debate a senate amendments, to which the House was opposed. A Joint House and Senate Conference Committee on H.B. 6157 then convened to discuss and vote on the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services Education appropriations bill. These members filed H.R. 6157, which the joint House and Senate Conference Committee approved thereafter.

Disbursement of CSP Funding

The U.S. Congress gives the Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) authority to distribute CSP funds. The OII distributes CSP funds to state agencies as a block grant and directly to charter districts through competitive grants. These competitive grants the Office of Innovation and Improvement offer include the following:

New CSP Funding Impact Texas Charter Schools

From 2009 to 2018, no Texas charter school received competitive grants from the OII. However, in 2017, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) received $59.2 million from the OII’s Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants to State Entities. TEA awarded these funds to 13 different charter districts on a competitive basis through the state’s “2018-2020 Charter School Program High-Quality Replication” grant.

Because Congress will likely appropriate $445 million in CSP funding for FY2019 (pending a presidential signature), charter districts will now have access to more federal funding than they had in previous fiscal years. This likely means that there will be more awards given for each type of competitive grant for FY2019 than in the past. Congress’ new CSP appropriation is important because funding for facilities is usually difficult to obtain in Texas for charter districts, since charters cannot levy property taxes.  Texas charter districts can apply for these competitive grants directly through either the OII or TEA and use them for funding facilities. To qualify for competitive CSP funding through TEA, charter districts may be classified under Subchapters C and D in the Texas Education Code.

In addition, the OII and TEA award CSP funds to support the replication of charters with high academic achievement. Therefore, to win both OII and TEA grants for opening or expanding charter schools, districts must demonstrate that they can generate high levels of academic achievement. This requirement could preclude Texas charter districts that are earning less than a C on their district scorecard, which is equivalent to the previous accountability system’s “Met Standard.” Texas charter districts could win more of these competitive grants if they implement programs that are most likely to increase student achievement.

One way to learn how to increase student achievement is to attend one of several sessions at TCSA’s Texas Charter Schools Conference. This conference will take place in Houston Oct. 24-26.

 

 

 

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The Texas Charter Schools Association is honored to announce that Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will be a Guest Speaker during the Awards Luncheon of the 2018 Texas Charter Schools Conference, which will be held in Houston Friday, October 26.

Lt. Gov. Patrick was elected to his office in 2014. Before that, he served two terms in the Texas Senate, representing parts of Houston and Harris County. During that time, he served as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, during which he initiated education reforms to improve failing schools and give parents more school choice.

Previously, he was a successful small business owner, radio and TV host, musician, Christian author, and movie producer.

The event is open to all registered charter school attendees. For more information about the conference and to register, please click here.

Welcome to the newest members of TCSA!

Over the last week, TCSA added three new faces, Elizabeth Cross, Law Clerk; Connor Cook, Public Policy Fellow; and Timothy Mattison, Public Policy Fellow. We are excited to have each of them join the team.

Elizabeth is joining TCSA as a Law Clerk as she awaits her Bar Exam results. As part of the TCSA Legal team, she will be assisting membership with legal questions and Model Policies. Connor and Timothy are joining us as Public Policy Fellows through Leadership for Educational Equity. As Public Policy Fellows, Timothy and Connor will be working alongside the Legal team and Advocacy team to support TCSA’s legislative and policy efforts during the 86th Legislative Session.

Here’s a little more about them:

Elizabeth Cross_LR_doctoredElizabeth was a high school social studies teacher for ten years before deciding to attend law school.  While attending law school she clerked for TCSA twice, once during the summer and once during the 2017 legislative session.  She also continued her work with high school students through a peer court program and helping found a student organization dedicated to helping middle and high school students. 

Elizabeth has her undergrad degree from University of North Texas and her law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law.  In her personal time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and spoiling her nephews.

Connor Connor_tempgrew up in North Texas suburbs and has worked in education spaces for over five years prior to joining TCSA.

Since graduating from Xavier University in 2015, he has worked primarily as an educator, first teaching high school Spanish in southern Arkansas as part of the 2015 Teach for America corps, then as a middle and elementary teacher in Baton Rouge, and finally as a staff educator at a children’s museum in Baton Rouge.

In addition to his experiences teaching, Connor has worked in education through policy and consultancy work. In 2017, he investigated youth homelessness in Fort Worth and school district responses to housing crises in Dallas as part of the Urban Leaders Fellowship. 

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Timothy is a Wisconsin native who moved to Texas in 2005 for graduate school at UT-Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. During his graduate program he conducted research for the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

He is currently writing his dissertation in UTSA’s PhD of Educational Leadership Program. Before joining TCSA, Timothy worked for six years as a High School Math Teacher, Instructional Coach and (most recently) as an Assistant Principal in San Antonio.   

Timothy is a proud animal-lover and devotes his free time to his four dogs. He also volunteers in a variety of projects and organizations that promote non-violence.

Dear Members,

Today I assume the role of CEO of the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). I couldn't be more excited to lead the organization that is tasked with telling the stories of the incredible work you and your dedicated staffs are doing, and the students' lives you're changing. The responsibility of being the voice for the profound-and difficult-work you are doing every day is not lost on me, or the rest of the TCSA team. Thank you for trusting us to represent you.

While TCSA wears many hats, the one that we never take off is advocating for policies at the federal, state, and local levels that will allow charter schools to continue to open, expand, and operate with autonomy and flexibility, while being responsible stewards of taxpayer money. One benefit of TCSA's advocacy work will impact your budget this year as you receive, for the first time ever, state funding for facilities costs.

In the coming legislative session, TCSA will work to not only protect this funding, but also convert the $60 million allotted in the current budget from a fixed amount of money to a per-student allotment that grows over time. In addition, we'll be working to push back on mandates that would impact your ability to make decisions that deliver on your mission and stop local governments from blocking your ability to grow through zoning and permitting decisions, among many other policies.

Our work on your behalf isn't limited to the Capitol building. We also advocate for you with the Texas Education Agency and State Board of Education. From working to make TEA regulations fairer and provide opportunities to appeal regulatory decisions, to working with the State Board of Education to expand the Permanent School Fund's Charter School Bond Guarantee Program.

The success we have enjoyed in securing facilities funding, among other things, has led to much more intense and vocal opposition to charter schools. You need TCSA now more than ever. The 296,000 students you're educating are counting on us to make sure your ability to serve them continues. And with 141,000 names on charter school waiting lists, there's no sign that the demand for what you're offering is slowing down.

Your partnership is crucial to our success in advocating for your interests and we hope you will renew your membership today. In addition to benefiting from TCSA's ongoing advocacy work, membership brings additional benefits, including:

  • Discounted legal products, including model board policies, Student Code of Conduct, and a TCSA model personnel handbook;
  • Access to Learning Zone, TCSA's online training portal, and discounted registration rates for the Texas Charter Schools Conference;
  • Legal information and advice, as well as updates and alerts on specific matters pertaining to public charter schools;
  • Tools to engage parents on advocacy efforts with the legislature;
  • Access to a growing market of solution providers and strategically aligned partnerships with negotiated pricing and contract terms;
  • Resources and advice for navigating TEA requirements for your school's growth and expansion.


If you join or renew by September 30, your school will receive an updated TCSA model personnel handbook for free.

We know that you have many tough decisions to make when it comes to balancing your schools' books. Joining TCSA may mean not hiring a new teacher or foregoing something else that you need. We know you're counting and watching every penny. But, having a strong TCSA in your corner is not a luxury. You need us to be your eyes, ears, and voice to ensure you can keep doing what you're doing so well.

Will you please take a minute today to renew or begin your membership with TCSA? We know you count on us-and we count on you too.

Thank you for all you do and for your previous support. I look forward to meeting and working with you in the coming months.

Sincerely,
Starlee Coleman
CEO, TCSA

HOW TO JOIN OR RENEW:

Step 1: Login to the Quality Member Portal

Applications will be completed in the Quality Member Portal. Once logged in, click the 'Membership' tab at the top. Please click here if you have forgotten your password.

Step 2: Complete the Online Membership Application

Upon submission of the online application, an invoice will be automatically generated and sent directly to the accounting contact email listed on the application.

Step 3: Remit your Membership Dues to:

Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA)

700 Lavaca Street, Suite 930

Austin, TX 78701

If you have questions, please contact Nadia Luna.

Thank you for your continued support of charter schools in the great state of Texas.

Already in her young life, Roshan “Rosie” Khan was ranked first in her class at Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville, served as student council president, testified before the Texas State House Education Committee about public charter schools, and is now a freshman at the University of Texas-Austin, where she has a quadruple major.

And she accomplished all of that before she got her driver's license this week.

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That Khan, 16, has achieved so much at such a young age is hardly a surprise to her teachers such as Jeremy Lippart, who served as her 12th grade AP Micro/Macroeconomics and AP Comparative Government teacher.

“Rosie is a genius,” said Lippart, who also worked with Khan for student council and SLS Mock Government. “She’s incredibly intelligent. The other thing, in addition to her being incredibly intelligent, is that her work ethic is off the charts. She’s one of those kids who won’t settle for anything less than her best effort, even when she could give 75 percent and still out-perform everybody else. That’s the main thing every teacher always noticed about her – that she could have coasted but obviously didn’t.”

While it could be argued that a student with Khan’s intelligence and drive could have succeeded in any school environment, Khan herself testified to state House members last month that it was the opportunities and instructors afforded to her at HSA-Pflugerville that got her to where she is today.

“I skipped second and fourth grade, then went to Harmony Science Academy Pflugerville for middle and high school,” she testified to the committee. “Spending ten years in the system, I found school spirit that was less like a battleground and more like home, a diverse body of students and faculty, engaging classes and extracurriculars, and passionate, genuine, friendly teachers. I had fun projects during school, and after hours, clubs like MathCounts, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Geography Bee, and much more.”

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Khan said her parents decided to move her and her older brother Abraham into Harmony because both of them were too advanced for their grades in their ISD school. Khan said she was allowed to sit in first grade classes while still in kindergarten, but her parents realized that doing so was only a temporary fix.

While Harmony’s program also struggled to keep up with Khan – she skipped both the second and fourth grades – the school was able to work with her to accommodate her accelerated learning pace.

“They had more staff available, and they would come around do different sorts of activities with us,” she said. “They allowed us to read more advanced books. They had systems in place to help out kids who were bored with what the rest of the class was learning.”

The teachers were flexible enough to allow Khan to go through the entire math workbook at her own pace while classmates were tasked with a specific assignment.

Khan’s positive experiences at HSA-Pflugerville extended beyond the classroom, she said. In addition to student government, she worked as a tutor in math and computer science, and played piano.

Lippart noted that Khan became very involved in making her community a better place. Among the charities she has helped with are the American Cancer Society, Keep Austin Beautiful and a food donation program organized from the school’s cafeteria.

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Khan also is very active in political issues. She served as an aide in the Senate Page Program for Sen. Kirk Watson, and she organized the peaceful student demonstration on school gun violence, inviting U.S. House of Representatives candidate Rick Kennedy as a guest speaker.

Khan, who is majoring in Plan II Honors, Economics, Government, and International Relations in the UT-Austin Honors Program, said she hopes to work in politics after college. One of the things that sparked her interest in politics was a visit to the Capitol and other activities as part of the SLS Mock Government Club.

“That was another immersive way to prepare us for things,” she said.

While other students might find it intimidating to be entering college at 16, Lippart said Khan has pretty much always been two years younger than her classmates at Harmony, and it never held her back in terms of class participation.

“It was really almost intimidating for the other kids, because she was so much younger,” he said.

Khan said she hopes her testimony to the committee will make a difference in future legislation, noting that public charter students receive less overall funding than their ISD peers and that many groups would like to limit school choice by putting moratoriums on opening new charter campuses.

“If I had been restricted to my district ISD, I would not be who I am now,” she testified. “Had I gone to a private school I believe I would not have felt as welcome among more privileged demographics, if my family could afford that, which we cannot.”

If Lippart has his way, Khan will one day be sitting among the decision makers in the Capitol and not in front of them.

“Selfishly, I’d like for her to run for office – and win!” he said with a chuckle.

Is there someone at your school worthy of being profiled? Contact Phillip Ramati at pramati@txcharterschools.org and let us know.

As TCSA gets set for the upcoming legislative session, it’s important for our members’ voices to be heard, and the best way for that to happen with your school is to serve on our Board of Directors.

Take it from board member Chuck Cook of ResponsiveEd, who noted that serving on the board is the best way to make certain that issues important to your school are at the forefront of TCSA’s agenda is to become a board member.

“By serving, you’re having a greater impact on TCSA,” he said. “This is an important time in Texas regarding the state of public school choice. You have a voice to advocate on behalf of all children in Texas. When you have more engagement, you’re helping to serve your institution and are aligned with what TCSA is doing every day.”

We are mid-way through the nomination period for the 2019 TCSA Leadership seats on the TCSA Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee.  This past year the Board of Directors were involved in decision-making process that lead to the new TCSA CEO, Starlee Coleman. The Advocacy Committee assists in developing our legislative priorities for each Texas legislative sessions. All have one goal: To advance and support the Texas charter movement.

All leadership seats have a two-year term, except for the Member Council Vice-Chair, which is a one- year term this election cycle.  After completion of the 1-year term, the Member Council Vice-Chair will then move to the Member Council Chair for a 2-year term.  All elected positions must be current TCSA members by December 31, 2018 as their leadership term begins January 1, 2019.

The TCSA nominations process ends on September 3rd.  All candidates will be notified of their eligibility no later than Sept 10th.  The following leadership seats are up for election this year: 

TCSA Board of Directors (3 vacancies):

  • Small School Representative (2 vacancies)
  • Standing Member School Small (1 vacancy)

TCSA Elected Advocacy Committee (5 vacancies):

  • Member Council Vice-Chair (1 vacancy)
  • Large School Representative (1 vacancy)
  • Small School Representative (1 vacancy)
  • University Representative (1 vacancy)
  • RTC/JDC Representative (1 vacancy)

To review eligibility and role definitions for these positions, please refer to Attachment B and Attachment C of the TCSA Board of Directors and Members Council Nomination and Election Policy, which is found on the TCSA Quality Member Portal.

Join our efforts to strengthen and support the public charter school movement in the great state of Texas by running for one of the 2019 TCSA Board of Director seats or serve on the Advocacy Committee!

 

How to Nominate Online

When you log into the quality portal click on ‘Membership Voting’ in red font at the top right hand corner of the page.  Here you will find the links to (1) the Candidate Nomination Form.

If you have forgotten your password to the portal, please click on the top right hand corner of the page that says “Forgot password” to generate a new password. 

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Questions or problems? Please contact Janie Muñoz at jmunoz@txcharterschools.org or 512.584.8272.

 

As I wrote in this newsletter a few months ago when I took over as TCSA’s Director of Communications, I want to help you share your story of success. For that, I’ll need your help.

What innovative programs are going on at your school? Who are the notable students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni that make a difference to your community?

As you can see in the top story in this edition of the newsletter, we’re highlighting Rosie Khan, a graduate of Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville, who is entering the University of Texas this fall as a 16-year-old with a quadruple major. Rosie attributes much of her success to her years at HSA.

We want to spread stories like Rosie’s to a wider audience, but for that, I’ll need your help.

Please feel free to contact me at (512) 584-8272, ext. 311 or email pramati@txcharterschools.org to talk about whatever you think might make for a good story to share.

As you can see from our social media, we’re already making an effort to highlight our members every time one of you earns some distinction in local media. Now, I want to take it to the next level.

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

SB 1882 partnerships, created as a result of legislation passed in 2017, offer open-enrollment charters and other eligible non-profit entities an opportunity to partner with traditional ISDs to improve the quality of education in districts across the state.  There are three types of partnerships as a result of this legislation:

  • Turnaround Partnerships - the district contracts with a partner to turnaround an IR campus;
  • Innovation Partnerships – the district contracts with a partner to innovate at an existing non-IR campus; and
  • New School Partnerships – the district contracts with a partner to launch a brand new campus/school model.

Listed below are the partnerships that TEA has currently approved for 2018 or are under review for approval:

Grand Prairie ISD

Uplift Education

Innovation Partnership

1 Campus

San Antonio ISD

CAST Tech

Innovation Partnership

1 Campus

Austin ISD

Mainspring Schools

New School Partnership

1 Campus

San Antonio ISD

Texans Can Academy

New School Partnership

1 Campus

Edgewood ISD

PreK4SA

New School Partnership

1 Campus

Galveston ISD

Moody ECE

New School Partnership

1 Campus

San Antonio ISD

Relay Lab Schools

Turnaround Partnership

2 Campus

San Antonio ISD

Democracy Prep

Turnaround Partnership

1 Campus

Ector County ISD

Ector County Success Network

Turnaround Partnership

1 Campus

Hearne ISD

Hearne Education Foundation

Turnaround Partnership

2 Campus

Waco ISD

Transform Waco

Turnaround Partnership

5 Campus

Austin ISD

T-STEM Coalition

Turnaround Partnership

1 Campus

 

To be eligible for the benefits associated with SB 1882 the open-enrollment charter or eligible entity partner must operate the campus.  To operate a campus, the partner must:

  • Have responsibility to hire, select, approve assignment of and manage the chief operating office or principal of the campus.
  • Have responsibility to hire, select, approve assignment of and manage instructional staff that serve a majority of the students on the campus.
  • Have initial and final authority over decisions related to curriculum, calendar, and assessments.

To be eligible for benefits associated with SB 1882 the partner entity must demonstrate the capacity to manage campuses and must have a board that does not include any school district board of trustees, the school district superintendent, any school district personnel involved in the review, approval, monitoring, or renewal of the Subchapter C charter or performance contract. 

TEA is actively seeking open-enrollment charters that may be interested in becoming a partnering entity with a school district for one of the three types of 1882 partnerships.  For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Doug Dawson, TEA Assistant Director of System Support and Innovation at doug.dawson@tea.texas.gov or TCSA Director of Growth and Development Elliott Nguyen at enguyen@txcharterschools.org

In addition, TEA will be providing several webinars this fall to share this same information.  Stay tuned to our Events Calendar for information about this and other free webinars including Charter 101 for New Board Members and CEOs (September 11th), Customer Service Training for Front Office Staff (September 14th), and Texas Open Meetings Act Training (October 16th).  Also, remember to sign up for a TCSA Regional Meeting near you, including East Texas (September 12th), Dallas area (September 13th), San Antonio (September 18th), El Paso (September 19th), and West Texas (September 20th). 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 15, 2018

Charter Schools Make up Quarter of Top-rated Schools in new A-F Grading System

AUSTIN – Today the Texas Education Agency released results of campus and district A-F ratings of all public schools, including charter schools. This is the first year that all public schools will be rated with an A-F grade. The goal of this system is to help parents and the public more easily understand how a school is doing at preparing its students for the future.

“We are pleased that public charter schools are maintaining their high quality,” said Starlee Coleman, the CEO of the Texas Charter Schools Association. “A disproportionate number of charters make up the top-performing schools. These results are consistent with other research done into the success of Texas charter schools. Our students are thriving academically thanks to the amazing work of dedicated teachers and school leaders at more than 600 charter school campuses across the state.”  

Key results for charter schools:

  • Despite educating only 5 percent of students in Texas, public charter schools represent more than a quarter of the schools in Texas that received an A grade.
  • 91 percent of all charter schools rated as meeting academic and accountability standards.
  • 7 percent of public charter campuses achieved all possible academic distinctions.
  • 21 percent were in the top quarter of all Texas schools in the ‘Closing the Gap’ ratings category.

“TCSA believes that the new A-F ratings system is a transparent way to evaluate public schools so that parents and the public have a clear understanding of a schools’ performance. TCSA also believes it will be an effective tool to identify a school’s shortcomings so that efforts can be focused where needed to help the school improve, especially for those schools that received an F rating,” Coleman said.

 Seventeen charter schools did not receive a rating this year because of Hurricane Harvey exemptions.

The following public charters received an A/Met Standard rating (90 or above) for 2018:

Arlington: Arlington Classics Academy

Austin: NYOS Charter School; University of Texas Charter School; Chaparral Star Academy.

Corpus Christi: Seashore Charter Schools.

Dallas: Richland Collegiate High School; UME Preparatory Academy.

El Paso: Harmony Science Academy; Burnham Wood Charter School District; Vista Del Futuro Charter School.

Fort Worth: Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts; East Fort Worth Montessori Academy.

Georgetown: Orenda Charter School.

Houston: Harmony School of Science; Amigos Por Vida/Friends For Life; Accelerated Intermediate Academy; Harmony School of Excellence; Houston Gateway Academy Inc.

Irving: Universal Academy.

Katy: Calvin Nelms Charter Schools.

Lufkin: Pineywoods Community Academy.

McKinney: Imagine International Academy of North Texas.

Mesquite: Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy.

Nacogdoches: Stephen F. Austin State University.

Pharr: Vanguard Academy.

Port Arthur: Bob Hope School.

Round Rock: Meridian World School LLC.

San Antonio: Basis Texas; Great Hearts Texas; School of Science and Technology; School of Science and Technology Discovery; Harmony Science Academy;  Harmony Science Academy; George Gervin Academy.

San Marcos: Texas Preparatory School.

Schertz: Heritage Academy.

Waco: Rapoport Academy Public School; Harmony Science Academy.

Westlake: Westlake Academy Charter School.

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ABOUT TCSA: The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created in 2008 to unify, support and grow the charter movement. TCSA represents 90 percent of the 675 public charter schools in Texas, serving more than 272,000 students. For more about TCSA, visit our website at http://www.txcharterschools.org.

Our Board of Directors is composed of member schools representatives, and philanthropy and community representatives that guide and advance TCSA’s mission. The Advocacy Committee assists the TCSA and the Board in achieving the TCSA legislative priorities during the Texas Legislative sessions.

Join our efforts to strengthen and support the public charter school movement in the great state of Texas by running for a one of the 2019 TCSA board seats or serve on the Advocacy Committee! The TCSA nominations and election process begins on August 3rd.  There are eight leadership seats up for election this year:

TCSA Board of Directors (3 vacancies):

  • Small School Representative (2 vacancies)
  • Standing Member School Small (1 vacancy)

TCSA Elected Advocacy Committee (5 vacancies):

  • Member Council Vice-Chair (1 vacancy)
  • Large School Representative (1 vacancy)
  • Small School Representative (1 vacancy)
  • University Representative (1 vacancy)
  • RTC/JDC Representative (1 vacancy)

To review eligibility and role definitions for these positions, please refer to Attachment B and Attachment C of the TCSA Board of Directors and Members Council Nomination and Election Policy, which is found on the TCSA Quality Member Portal.

All seats have a 2-year term, except for the Member Council Vice-Chair that is a 1- year term this election cycle.  After completion of the 1-year term, the Member Council Vice-Chair will then move to the Member Council Chair for a 2-year term.  All elected positions must be current TCSA members by December 31, 2018 as their leadership term begins January 1, 2019.

All nominations, campaigns and voting will be conducted electronically via the Member Portal Page.

This year, with the approval of the Board of Directors, there will be two additional standing seat positions added to the board. KIPP Texas, with over 20,000 students enrolled, is now eligible for a Large Standing Member seat and pursuant to the TCSA Bylaws, a Small Standing Member seat will also be created for the additional Large Standing Member seat. The Small Standing Member seat is an elected position, which is included within this election cycle.

2018 TCSA NOMINATION AND ELECTION TIMELINE

Candidate Nomination form released

Aug. 3

Candidate Nomination Forms due

Sept. 3

Candidates are notified of eligibility

No later than Sept. 10

Deadline for Candidates to submit campaign videos and bios

Sept. 21

Nomination Slate announced

Sept. 25, 2018

Campaign videos and bios released

Oct. 5, 2018

Electronic voting begins

Oct. 5, 2018

Electronic voting closes

Oct. 24, 2018

Election Winners Announcement at Annual Meeting at Member Council Meeting at Conference

Oct. 25, 2018

Any Run Off Election will be conducted at Annual Meeting by paper ballot

Oct. 25, 2018

New leadership terms begin

Jan. 1, 2019

**Note, only members present at annual meeting will be able to cast a paper ballot vote in a run off election.

How to Nominate and Vote Online

All nominations, campaigns and voting are conducted via the TCSA Quality Member Portal.

First, click here to log into the TCSA Quality Member Portal.

Second, click on ‘Membership Voting’ in red font at the top right hand corner of the page.  Here you will find the links to (1) the Candidate Nomination Form and (2) cast your vote in the 2018 TCSA Election. 

For your reference, this page also contains the 2018 TCSA Election Timeline, FAQs, the TCSA Bylaws and Nomination and Election Policy, which sets forth leadership eligibility requirements.

If you have forgotten your password to the portal, please click on the top right hand corner of the page that says “Forgot password” to generate a new password. 

Questions or problems? Please contact Janie Muñoz at jmunoz@txcharterschools.org or 512.584.8272.

Also here is the jpeg of the table if it gives you any problems:

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