Nine applications are currently under review by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to become new Texas charter schools in the Generation 23 authorization cycle. Schools ultimately approved as part of Generation 23 will open at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. In this most recent cycle, twenty-one applications were submitted to TEA by the December 4th deadline. Of those, seven were rejected by the agency as incomplete, and fourteen proceeded to external review where nine of the fourteen ultimately met the 85% cut-score threshold to continue in the approval process.
Of the nine schools under review, six of the schools contracted with TCSA and received extensive application development and review services prior to submission. In addition, TCSA staff continues to work with TEA on refining the authorization process, especially in the area of application external review. Our TCSA efforts helped to result in a change in the external review process that allows applicants who do not initially reach the 85% combined cut score for all five reviewers to request a sixth reader if the original score was between 80 and 84 percent. In this most recent cycle, two applicants met this criteria and requested a sixth reader.
The charters currently under review are as follows:
Houston/Harris County Area
San Antonio Area
Tarrant, Harris, Travis, and El Paso counties
The next step in the authorization cycle is a thorough review of the application by the agency and interviews with TEA staff and SBOE members to be held in mid-May, with Commissioner’s recommendations for approval to come by late May. The full State Board of Education will meet June 15th where they may choose to take no action and approve the Commissioner’s recommendations for a charter contract or vote to veto one or more of his choices.