It is nearly time to vote for the 2020 small school members of the Texas Charter Schools Association Board of Directors. The 2020 candidates for small school charter operator representatives on the TCSA Board of Directors are:

Board Member - Small School Representatives (2) 
Dr. Jennifer S. Goodman, Superintendent, Odyssey Academy 
Dr. Ken Vaughn, Director, Pineywoods Community Academy
Virginia Lannen, CEO, Pegasus School of Liberal Arts

To get to know your candidates, please click on their name above.

Voting begins January 6, 2020 and closes at midnight CST January 20, 2020.  Voting will be conducted electronically via Election Runner. You will receive a separate email with your voter ID and voter key. Charter school leaders are the designated voting representative for each charter and are permitted to vote only for leadership positions within their own size category. Election winners will be announced on January 21, pending no run-off elections. If there is a run-off, voting will be held January 21 through January 24.   

Each charter leadership position on this ballot is representative of a small charter school based on its enrollment for the current membership year. Charter operator representative terms are two years each and begin with the calendar year. Leaders are not subject to term limits.

Due to the number of open positions and candidates for the large school representative board member seats, the large school representatives have been determined. TCSA welcomes back large school board representatives Brent Wilson, EdD, Superintendent of  Life School and Eddie Conger, Superintendent of International Leadership of Texas.  

If you have questions about the election, please email Janie Muñoz at

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, engaged over 500 parents, students, parents, school leaders and board members in an hour of speeches, chants and student performances.

The program was emceed by Margaret Rodriguez, Superintendent Sanchez Charter School and Luly Castillo – YES Prep board member/alumni and parent! The rally was co-organized by Dr. Howard Fuller, Roland Martin, and Dr. Steve Perry. The inspirational talks, performances and general excitement from everyone will be remembered for a long time.  


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Thanks to the Rhodes School for the Drum Line, Beatrice Mayes Institute, for the Cheerleaders and the Southside Dazzling Giants dance group from YES Prep. Other program speakers included; Victor Garcia – a Senior from Harmony Schools, Tereasa Doss- Parent from the Beatrice Mayes Institute; Tristan Jones - a teacher at KIPP Houston (and TALI alumni), and Lauren Philpott, 7th grader at Rhoades School.

Check out the Rally here. 

Other stories and blogs about the rally can be found at

 Leaders of the Coalition for Charter Schools participated in a demonstration the next day prior to the Presidential Debate held at TSU. You can read more about that here.

With the our annual Texas Charter Schools Conference, TCSA Membership Drive, and our 2018 Leadership Election wrapping up, it has been a busy few months at TCSA! We appreciate everyone’s time and participation in the elections. We would also like to thank the all of candidates for their involvement. Congratulations to the seven new individuals who will join the TCSA Board of Directors and Advocacy Committee!

Mark Larson with KIPP Public Schools will join the TCSA Board as a Large Standing Member School Director. Charter operators who educate 20,000 or more students in Texas are entitled to a standing seat on the TCSA Board. A Small Standing Member School seat was created in conjunction with the KIPP Public Schools Large Standing School seat and was included in the 2018 TCSA Leadership Election.

2018 Election Winners:

 Board Member – Small School Representatives (2) and Standing Member School Small (1)

  • John Armbrust, Austin Achieve (Standing Member School Small)
  • Rick Baumgartner, Rise Academy (Small School Representative)
  • Stacy Alton, Leadership Prep School (Small School Representative)

Elected Advocacy Committee – Large School Representative

  • Karalei Nunn, Meridian World School 

Elected Advocacy Committee – Small School Representative

  • Frederick Clarke, Manara Academy

Elected Advocacy Committee – RTC/JDC Representative

  • Donald L. Mills, Ed. D., Meadowland Charter District

Both John Armbrust and Rick Baumgartner are returning Board Members. We welcome our newly elected Board of Directors! Their terms will begin on January 1, 2019.


The complete nomination slate for the 2018 TCSA Leadership Election is on the Texas Charter Schools Association’s (TCSA) Quality Portal and electronic voting starts tomorrow! The voting portal is open from October 5, 2018 through October 24, 2018. Don’t forget to vote!

To Cast Your Vote
Log into the TCSA Quality Portal. Click on “Membership Voting” (top right hand side of page in red font. See Arrow).


There you will find the nomination slate, candidate campaign videos, candidate biographies, and their school’s profile for your review and consideration. Click on "Start your Vote” (bottom right hand side of page in gray box. See Arrow).

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Note: Once you click the Start Your Vote button, you MUST NOT leave the ballot until you are ready to submit your completed ballot. THIS IS A CRITICAL TO ENSURE YOU VOTE IS COUNTED.

Fast Facts on Voting

  • The voting page is only accessible to member schools’ leaders.
  • Only the charter leader, or a designated school representative, may cast a vote using the charter leader’s TCSA Quality Portal log-in information.
  • If you have forgotten your log-in information, please click on the link titled ‘Forgot Password’ on the TCSA Quality Portal login page to request a reset of your password.
  • One charter, one ballot. The voting portal does not allow the submission of more than one ballot per school.
  • Voting is confidential – the system does not track how a particular member school voted.
  • Member schools are eligible to vote only for the two membership categories for which they are categorized: 1) Size (Small or Large) and 2) Charter Mission (College Preparatory, Dropout Recovery, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, RTC/JDC, Special Mission, University Charter).


  • Small Schools (enrollment of 1499 or under) will vote for a Small School Representative leadership vacancy (but not a Large School Representative). 
  • Large Schools (enrollment of 1500 or more) will vote for a Large School Representative leadership vacancy (but not a Small School Representative).
  • RTC/JDC School will vote for a RTC/JDC Representative leadership vacancy (but not for any other charter mission category).

Election Results

The last day to vote will be Wednesday, October 24, 2018. TCSA will announce the winners at the Member Council Meeting held at the TCSA Annual Conference on October 25, 2018 at 12 noon.

Any run-off election(s) will be conducted by paper ballot at the Member Council Meeting on October 25. Only charter leaders (or their proxy) who are present may vote in a run-off election. New leadership terms will begin January 1, 2019.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the 2018 TCSA Leadership Election, please do not hesitate to contact Janie Muñoz or Christine Nishimura.