It is important for charter school administrators to become familiar with the laws that apply to charter schools. Chapter 12 of the Texas Education Code (TEC) discusses many, but not all, charter schools issues. Subchapter D of Chapter 12 specifically applies to open-enrollment charter schools.
Another important resource is the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). The rules adopted by the SBOE and the Commissioner of Education are part of a larger body of state agency rules that are collected and published by the Office of the Secretary of State as the TAC. SBOE and commissioner's rules are codified in Title 19, Part II, of the TAC. The SBOE and the commissioner of education may adopt new rules or amendments to existing rules. Title 19 TAC, Chapter 100 is the primary source of rules applicable to open-enrollment charter schools.
The Texas School Law Bulletin, published every two years after the legislative session, includes the education code as well as other pertinent laws that impact the operation of schools. After the initial free distribution of the bulletin to offices of school districts, a limited number of additional copies are available for purchase from the TEA Publications Distribution Office. The Publication Distribution Office can be reached at (512) 463-9744.
If you have any questions about the information on this page, contact the Division of Charter School Administration at (512) 463-9575.
Division of Charter School Administration
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-9575
June 17, 2013
Dozens of new laws will impact Texas public schools. A list details those education bills that became law and those that were vetoed.
June 17, 2013
Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams today met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington D.C. as part of an ongoing dialogue with the U.S. Department of Education regarding Texas’ waiver request from specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.
June 12, 2013
Under House Bill 5 (HB 5), passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by the governor, high school students are now required to pass five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams to meet the new graduation requirements.
June 10, 2013
Passing rates on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course tests were largely stable during the second year of this program, with students faring the best on science assessments and continuing to struggle with writing, according to statewide results for all 2012-13 STAAR tests released today by the Texas Education Agency.