July 18, 2014

The Texas Charter Schools Association is pleased to announce our newest Board Member, Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige, Joins the Texas Charter Schools Association's Board of Directors
Paige began working with students early in his career as a teacher and a coach. He then served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University (TSU). In this position, Paige worked to ensure that future educators would receive the training and expertise necessary to succeed in the classroom. He also established the university's Center for Excellence in Urban Education, a research facility that concentrates on issues related to instruction and management in urban school systems.

Elected in 1989, Paige was sworn in as a trustee and an officer of the Board of Education of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) in January 1990, in which capacities he served until 1994. In 1994, Paige left TSU to become superintendent of HISD, the nation's seventh largest school district. Inside Houston Magazine named Paige one of "Houston's 25 most powerful people" in guiding the city's growth and prosperity. In 2001, he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.

During his tenure as Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education from 2001 to 2005, Paige was a fierce and innovative champion of education reform who led the way in setting new standards of achievement for all students in our education system. He spearheaded the implementation of the historic No Child Left Behind Act, with its goal of reinvigorating America's education system.

Upcoming TCSA Training Opportunities
  • Aug 14 -- (Lewisville) TCSA Performance Pack Workshop presented by TCSA Regional Trainers, Dr. Lisa Stanley and Martina P. Van Norden REGISTER  


  • Sept 9 -- Live Webinar: Operations and Maintenance REGISTER    
  • Sept 10,11,12 -- (Houston) In-Person Professional Development Series REGISTER multiple attendees for one or more days! 
    • DAY 1:Governance & Operations Summit, sponsored by Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP
    • DAY 2:Student Rights Summit, sponsored by Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP 
    • DAY 3:Academics & Instruction: Explicit Instruction, presented by The University of Texas at Austin (The Institute for Public School Initiatives) and sponsored by Hertz Furniture Calendar a Staff Development Day 
  • Sept 11 - Live Webinar: Safety  REGISTER 
  • Sept 16 -- Live Webinar: Emergency Disaster Planning  REGISTER 
  • Sept 18 -- Live Webinar: Risk Management  REGISTER 
  • Sept 19 -- (Austin) Starting a Charter School Beginner Workshop  REGISTER 
  • Sept 23 -- (Houston) Insurance, Contract Management, and Facility Lease Provision  REGISTER 
  • Sept 24 -- (Houston) Documentation Workshop: Risk Management Manual  REGISTER    
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job post of the week
Texas Charter Schools Association
San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley

Job ID: 608182     Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Re-posted: May 29, 2014     Starting Date: August 5, 2014
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Member Council Meeting

Friday, September 5, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Austin, TX

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TEA has posted the proposed rules and information on the hearing for review, and the proposed rules are still slated for official publication today in the Texas Register.

TCSA would like to invite our members to join one or all four of our focus group conference calls to discuss particular sections of interest and to provide us with your thoughts and comments on the proposed rules.

To receive instructions and call in numbers for TCSA members, please contact Tracy Young.

July 21, 2014, 3:00 PM
Call 1: 
(Division 1  -  General Provisions, Sections 100.1001 through 100.1017)

July 22, 2014, 2:00 PM
Call 2: 
(Division 2 - Commissioner Action and Intervention, Sections 100.1021 through 100.1035)

July 23, 2014, 11:00 AM
Call 3: 
(Division 3 - Funding and Financial Operations, Sections 100.1041 through 100.1052)

July 23, 2014, 3:00 PM
Call 4:  (Divisions 4, 5 and 6- Property, Governance, & Operations, Sections 100.1063 through 100.1217) 

July 24, 2014, 8:30 AM
Call 5: (Chapter 157 Rules, Hearings & Appeals, Informal Review, Formal Review, SOAH Review)


Process for School Districts to Request 2015-2016 Indirect Cost Rates to Change

Deadline for Charter FIRST appeals is THIS MONDAY, July 21st
Official Notification of 2014 Preliminary Charter School FIRST Rating