August 15, 2014

 
"I was delighted to participate in the grand opening ceremony for the new International Leadership of Texas campus in Garland. This is a phenomenal school that will give North Texas students the tools that they need to succeed in the global marketplace." -- U.S. Congressman, Pete Sessions
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TEA designates 16 new T-STEM Academies
Press Release, August 13, 2014
AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that the Texas Education Agency has designated 16 new Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies for the 2014-2015 school year.

T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects, with a goal of increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. Designated T-STEM campuses serve students in grades 6-12 or 9-12. Read the Press Release.

Four TCSA member charter schools received the new designation:

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Another Austin school earns STEM designation from state  -- Austin American Statesman

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Upcoming TCSA Training Opportunities
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 HOT TOPIC AGENDA ITEM! Participants will be guided through learning and group discussions that will empower them to begin their plans for interventions for all students based on 2014 State Accountability Results.
  • 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
In-Person Professional Development Series Trainings will be held at the Isla Grand Beach Resort in South Padre Island on October 1-3, 2014.
Oct 1,2,3 -- (South Padre Island) 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 

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The preliminary 2014 State Accountability Ratings were released to schools last week and schools have until September 9th to get their appeals in to TEA. We can help with the Appeal Analysis. TCSA's hourly member rate of $85/hour applies. For more information, contact Toni Templeton, TCSA Data Analyst.  

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COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE AND DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON
(#Comm Associate)
Texas Charter Schools Association
Austin, Texas

Job ID: 991382     Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: August 7, 2014     Starting Date: Immediately
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Member Council Meeting

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

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Performance Ratings in Community and Student Engagement must be posted on district websites beginning August 8, 2014. The new accountability requirements under Tex. Educ. Code 39.0545 imposed by the enactment of HB 5 require open-enrollment charter schools to perform a self-evaluation of the school and each campus in community and student engagement and compliance. TCSA has created a guidance document available to members through the Quality Framework (see Public Accountability System -- Compliance Element) that provides a framework for schools to evaluate performance in each category of evaluation.

TEA offers graduation toolkit to students, parents, school counselors Read the Press Release.

Deadline Approaching:

submit your written comments concerning Chapter 100 and Chapter 157 to TEA on or before

August 18, 2014.   

 

USDE Fact Sheet regarding Unaccompanied Children (UAC) Read the letter.

Revised planning amounts for programs in the 2014-2015
NCLB Consolidated Federal Grant Application are now available

Extension - Early Childhood Data System (ECDS) Read the letter. 

  

Required Annual Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs (2014)
Read the letter.

Special Education Consolidated Grant Application - August 28, 2014, Deadline

Status of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements(2) Read the letter. 

2014-2015 Teacher Shortage Areas
Read the letter.