It’s been a busy few months at TCSA. Congratulations to the 10 new directors who have joined the TCSA Board!

JoAnn Gama with IDEA Public Schools and Chuck Cook with Responsive Education Solutions have joined the TCSA Board as Large Standing Member School Directors. Charter operators who educate 20,000 or more students in Texas are entitled to a standing seat on the TCSA Board. 

Virginia Lannen with Pegasus School of Liberal Arts and Sciences was elected by the membership in January as an additional Small Standing Member School Director. This newly added Small Standing School director position was created in correspondence to the Responsive Education Solutions Large Standing School seat.  Alfredo Segura with New Frontiers Academy was also elected by the membership in October 2017 to the Small Standing School seat that corresponds to the Large Standing School seat to be held by IDEA Public Schools. Virginia and Alfredo will serve a two year term as Small Standing School directors.  Large and Small Standing School directors are also members of the Elected Advocacy Committee.

Dr. Jennifer Goodman, formerly elected Member Council Vice-Chair, was appointed by the board to serve as the Member Council Chair in lieu of Chuck Cook once he assumed his directorship as a Large Standing Member School in February. The Member Council Chair also serves as a director on the TCSA Board and is a member of the Board Nominations Committee and Elected Advocacy Committee.

William Glasgow, with Prime Investments, who has served on the TCSA Board since 2009 as a Business Community Director was re-elected in December for an additional  term. William also serves as the Vice-Chair and is a member of the Nominations Committee.

Chris Barbic with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the founder of Yes Prep and one of the founding TCSA board directors, was re-elected by the Board of Directors in December to serve as a Business/Community Director on the TCSA Board.

Claire Cormier Thielke, the COO of Interests, LP, the global real estate developer and property manager was elected by the Board of Directors this month to serve as a Business/Community Director on the board. Her expertise in construction management and real estate is sure to give TCSA valuable new expertise.

George Pedraza with Wells Fargo Public Finance, and one of the founders of Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, was elected by the Board this month to serve as a Business/Community Director.

Joe Hoffer, a partner with Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP and one of TCSA’s attorneys in school finance litigation, was elected by the Board of Directors this month to serve as a Business/Community Director.  Joe is well known in the charter school community and will bring valuable expertise in charter law and policy to the TCSA Board.

Yvette Ostolaza is a corporate lawyer who runs the Dallas office of Sidley and Austin, one of the largest international law firms in the U.S. Yvette was elected by the Board of Directors this month to serve as a Business/Community Director. Yvette will bring strong corporate and law firm relationships in Texas and nationally and business and legal expertise.

Please click here to read full bios for each of our directors.

The 2017 TCSA Annual Election began July 28th and closes October 11th.

A total of 14 leadership positions are up for election this year:

  • The Member Council Vice-Chair

TCSA Board of Directors (5 vacancies):

  • Large School Representative (3 vacancies)
  • Small School Representative (1 vacancy)
  • Standing Member School Small (1 vacancy)

TCSA Elected Advocacy Committee (8 vacancies):

  • Large School Representative (2 vacancies)
  • Small School Representative (2 vacancies)
  • College Preparatory Representative (1 vacancy)
  • Dropout Recovery Representative (1 vacancy)
  • Early Childhood & Elementary Education (1 vacancy)
  • Specialized Mission Representative (1 vacancy)

How to Nominate and Vote Online

All nominations, campaigning and voting are conducted electronically 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 2017 TCSA Election. 

For your reference, this page also contains the TCSA Bylaws and Nomination and Election Policy, which sets forth leadership eligibility requirements, and the 2017 TCSA Election Timeline.  

If you would like to nominate someone other than yourself, please reach out to that potential candidate and ask him or her to complete the Candidate Nomination Form. 

Questions or problems? Please contact Maria-Theresa Sigua at msigua@txcharterschools.org or 512.584.8272.

The nominations form due date has been extended through Monday, September 4th at midnight CST.

2017 ELECTION TIMELINE

 

Task

Timeline as Per Bylaws or Process

Important 2017 Election Dates

 

Nomination Form Released

75 days prior to election

July 28

 

Nomination Form Due Date

Deadline has been extended

Sept. 4

 

Nominations Committee Review Period

Review period has been extended

July 28-Sept. 4

 

Candidates are notified of eligibility

To accommodate the extended nominations deadline, the Committee will review nominations as they are received and notify each candidate of confirmed eligibility shortly after receipt of nomination forms, but no later than Sept. 5. 

July 28-Sept. 5

 

Deadline to submit campaign videos and bios

31 days prior to election

Sept. 10

 

Slate announced

30 days prior to election

Sept. 11

 

Campaign videos and bios released Electronic voting begins

20 days prior to election

Sept. 21

 

Electronic voting closes

Day before election announcement

Oct. 11

 

Election Winners Announcement

Annual meeting

Oct. 12

 

Any Run-off Election will be conducted by paper ballot*

Annual meeting

Oct. 12

 

New Leadership Terms Begin

 

Jan. 1, 2018

 
       

*Only members present at annual meeting will actually be able to cast a paper ballot vote in a run-off election.

The deadlines to submit candidate questionnaires are quickly approaching!

There are six leadership seats up for election this year:

(2) Board of Director, Small School Representative (Questionnaire due August 20th)

(1) Elected Advocacy Committee, University Charter Representative (Questionnaire due August 20th)

(1) Elected Advocacy Committee, RTC/JDC Representative (Deadline extended - Questionnaire due August 31st)

(1) Elected Advocacy Committee, Small School Representative (Deadline extended - Questionnaire due August 31st)

(1) Elected Advocacy Committee, Large School Representative (Deadline extended - Questionnaire due August 31st)

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

Below is an overview and timeline for the 2016 nomination and election process. You should also be aware of recent changes to the Bylaws and Nomination and Election Policy, found within the 2016 Candidate and Nomination Form and Voting Packet (Nomination Packet):

  • TCSA has increased the number of members that serve on the Nominating Committee from three to five members. The Nominating Committee is composed of the following persons: Member Council Chair; (1) non-operator director; (2) charter operator directors; and the Advocacy Committee Chair. See Nomination and Election Policy (Nomination Packet).
  • TCSA has added an eligibility criteria for leadership positions. Elected leaders must participate in and advance all TCSA advocacy strategies during his or her leadership term. See Attachments B and C (Nomination Packet).
  • A ‘University Charter’ category is now a TCSA recognized school mission. See Attachment C (Nomination Packet).
  • A leadership seat has been added to the Elected Advocacy Committee for a ‘University Charter’ school representative. See Bylaws, Nomination and Election Policy and Attachment A (Leadership Structure) within the Nomination Packet.

How to Nominate and Vote Online
First, click here to log into the TCSA Quality Member Portal. Once you are logged in, click on ‘Membership Voting’ in red font at the top right hand corner of the page. This link will take you to the voting pages where you may view, complete and submit the Candidate Questionnaire (also referred to as the Nomination Form).

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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.  You may also contact Nadia Luna at nluna@txcharterschools.org or at 512.584.8272.

The downloadable Nominations Packet is located on the right hand side of the voting portal landing page and includes the following:

  • 2016 Candidate Questionnaire;
  • TCSA Bylaws; and
  • TCSA Board of Directors and Member Council Nomination and Election Policy.

If you would like to nominate someone other than yourself, please reach out to that potential candidate and ask him or her to complete the Candidate Questionnaire. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination and election process or have problems accessing the voting pages on our portal, please contact Maria-Theresa Sigua at msigua@txcharterschools.org or 512.584.8272. 

By Dr. Paula Moeller, TCSA Director of Training

Got school board members?

Of course!

But have they met their training requirements? Returning board members need six hours and new board members need 12 instructional hours of training this year!

TCSA has you covered with a six-hour Board Workshop on the Friday of the Texas Charter Schools Conference October 28-30 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. It's the perfect place for board members to satisfy these compliance training hours and meet the requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code §100.1102.

Board members who attend the entire three-day conference can receive up to 10 hours of training credit! View the full schedule by workshop or topic track by downloading the free TCSACon Mobile App.

The list of available topics and sessions include:

School Law

  • Maintaining a Legal Eye on the Charter Movement

School Finance

  • A Standardized Approach to Budgeting
  • Understanding FSP
  • Financing Facility Needs with Low-Interest Rates

Open Meetings

  • Fix Your Board Meetings, Strengthen Your Board

Accountability (reporting, student performance, human resources)

  • 10 HR Mistakes That Could Sink Your Charter
  • Academic Accountability: What Is Your Data Telling You?

Public Records

  • "Garbage In, Garbage Out" Policies That Govern PEIMS Data That Might Result in Lost Funds

Health and Safety

  • The Role of Charter Schools in High-Quality Emergency Management Programs

TCSA is an approved provider of training credit hours and board members will receive a certificate of attendance after completing the training at the conference.

Got your board members covered on training? Learn more about the TCSACon Principal Workshop and Teacher Workshop.

Click to view the full TCSACon workshop and session schedule.

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