As a community passionate about public charter schools and public education, we encourage all of you to participate in the election process as a part of our civic duty. Every vote counts!

Our duty to engage in advocacy efforts goes beyond the 140 days the state legislature meets. As this fall voting season kicks off, TCSA would like to remind you that voting is part of our civic duty. For those of us who lead schools, classrooms, or households, we lead by example. Our civic duties are ongoing-there are fall elections, spring primaries, May elections, and the cycle continues every year.

This year’s ballot for the November 7th election includes constitutional amendments, school board candidates, and city bond elections. These critical decisions impact our children and their education, which is why we need you to advocate for children year-round.

To stay tuned on more opportunities to stay informed and engaged in ways you can support your public charter school student visit http://www.txcharterrevolution.org/join

There are many ways to participate in our democratic process and the election process is significant. Take time to look up what is on the ballot and make sure you show up to vote during early voting, which began on October 23 and runs through November 3rd. Election day is November 7th.

Below are a few links to what is on the ballot around the state of Texas. Visit your county, city or ISD website to learn more about what will be on your ballot. Also don’t forget to look up your elected officials and sign-up for their newsletters to get the latest updates.

As a community passionate about public charter schools and education we encourage all of you to participate in the election process as a part of our civic duty. Every vote counts!

Information on Voting and What’s on the Ballot

https://www.votetexas.gov/

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/06/06/hey-texplainer-what-constitutional-amendments-will-be-november-ballot/

http://kut.org/post/heres-what-7-constitutional-amendments-ballot-would-do

Additionally, here are some resources for our state's most populated areas.

Bexar County

http://www.bexar.org/1568/Elections-Department

El Paso County

https://epcountyvotes.com/

Dallas County

http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-day-information/upcoming-election-information/

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/public-works/dallasbondprogram/Pages/faqs.aspx

Harris County and City of Houston

http://www.harrisvotes.com/VoterBallotSearch.aspx?L=E

http://www.houstontx.gov/2017election.html

Travis County

http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.3

A complete nomination slate is on the Texas Charter Schools Association’s (TCSA) Quality Portal and electronic voting has begun! The voting portal is open from September 13 through October 3, 2016. Cast your vote today!

To Cast Your Vote

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

There you will find the nomination slate, candidate campaign videos, candidate biographies, and their school’s profile for your review and consideration.

Note: Once you click the Start Your Vote button, you MUST NOT leave the ballot until you are ready to submit your completed ballot.

Fast Facts on Voting

  • The voting page is only accessible to member charters 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.
  • 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).

Example:

  • 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 Monday, October 3, 2016, the first day of the 2016 Texas Charter Schools Conference. TCSA will announce the winners at the Member Council Meeting held at the conference on October 4, 2016 at 12 noon.

Any run-off election will be conducted by paper ballot at the Member Council Meeting at the TCSA Conference. Only charter leaders (or their proxy) who are present may vote in a run-off election. New leadership terms will be effective January 1, 2017.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the 2016 TCSA Leadership Election, please do not hesitate to contact Maria-Theresa Sigua.

We look forward to the results of the election!

This Super Tuesday was my first time ever to vote. As a first-generation college graduate and first-generation citizen of this country, it is my duty to spread the importance of voting among eligible voters, particularly young voters. Becoming an American offered me the opportunity to have access to a great education and with my ability to vote I feel compelled to protect those opportunities for generations to come. Voting is a right and privilege we often take for granted or only exercise during presidential years. As representatives of public schools, we have a responsibility to register our students to vote (See code below) and to encourage them to be self-advocates.

Sec. 13.046. HIGH SCHOOL DEPUTY REGISTRARS.
(a) Each principal of a public or private high school or the principal's designee shall serve as a deputy registrar for the county in which the school is located.
(b) In this code, "high school deputy registrar" means a deputy registrar serving under this section.
(c) A high school deputy registrar may distribute registration application forms to and receive registration applications submitted to the deputy in person from students and employees of the school only.
(d) At least twice each school year, a high school deputy registrar shall distribute an officially prescribed registration application form to each student who is or will be 18 years of age or older during that year, subject to rules prescribed by the secretary of state.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, I had the opportunity to work with Amanda List of ResponsiveEd and the amazing school leaders at Premier High School, a drop out recovery school in South Austin. We registered students who had not previously registered to vote, totaling 22 new voters! We also helped answer students’ questions on the electoral process and the importance of participating in local to presidential elections. As students walked into the classroom, their energy level could be described as lethargic but by the end of our brief program, students were excited by election discussions with their peers, receiving answers on the electoral process, and of course, receiving a sticker for registering to vote.

It is my life’s mission to work tirelessly and relentlessly to advocate for all students to have access to quality public schools. I am also aware of how often those of us that work at the campus level forget to engage in our democratic process. Maybe some of us have lost faith in our electoral system, but now is not the time, and we are not in a space where we can afford to opt out of voting for elected officials and engaging with them on the legislative process. Education is a state’s responsibility and voting is our responsibility. 

We must speak out for all public charter school students. To learn more, visit TCSA's Get Involved webpage.

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