The 2019–2021 Public Charter School Program (PCSP) Start-Up Grant for charter schools authorized under Subchapters D and E was posted on the TEA Grants Opportunities website on November 30, 2018.  The purpose of the 2019–2021 PCSP Start-Up Grant is to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of state-authorized charter schools and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students.

Eligible applicants for this discretionary grant opportunity include:  open-enrollment charter schools authorized by the commissioner of education under the Generation 23 charter application pursuant to the TEC, Chapter 12, Subchapter D or Subchapter E; open-enrollment charter schools designated by the commissioner of education, for the 2019–2020 school year, as a new school under an existing charter; and open-enrollment charter schools designated by the commissioner of education, for the 2018–2019 school year, as new schools under existing charters that have never received PCSP Start-Up Grant funds.  Note that open-enrollment charter schools submitting an application for a New School Designation for the 2019–2020 school year are considered eligible to apply for the grant. However, the commissioner must designate the campus as a new school under an existing charter prior to the charter receiving grant funding, if awarded.

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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 standards and indicators.
  • August 3 – Educational Programs (19 TAC Chapter 102), includes SENSR Grant Program, early childhood educational grant programs, master teacher grant programs, coordinated health programs, early college high schools, designation of STEM Academies, Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, pilot programs and educator award programs.

If you'd like to join the conversation, review the rules and submit a comment on whether the reason for adopting or readopting the rule continues to exist.