Subchapter D - Open-Enrollment Charter Guidelines, Application and Related Resources
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Request for Reviewers
The charter school open-enrollment application review is a four-phased review process. The first phase of the review is a non-substantive completion check. The second phase of the review consists of an external review by individuals with competencies in varied areas of education. The third phase of the review process is an internal review by various TEA staff, and the fourth phase of the review process consists of interviews of potential applicants.
This year, pursuant to administrative rule, the charter School Administration Division has posted a request for qualifications (RFQ) in order to solicit eligible candidates for reviewers.
If you are interested in being considered as a reader for the charter school open-enrollment applications, the RFQ may be downloaded from the following website: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=105753. Clicking on Package 1 will take you to the RFQ document.
Deadline for submissions is FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013 - 2:00 P.M., Central Time
Please note that page 8 of the RFQ references a training date of Friday, June 7, 2013. That date has been changed to Monday, June 10, 2013 due to room availability.
The application period for Generation 18 has ended. Charter applications that were received by the February 28, 2013 submission deadline are currently under review. Charters awarded by the State Board of Education (SBOE) for Generation 18 will have an expected start date of fall 2014.
At this time, applications for Generation 19 are NOT being accepted.
Individuals interested in applying for a charter during the Generation 19 Request for Application (RFA) cycle are encouraged to sign up to receive the Charter School Application Request (CSAR) ListServ announcement that will be used to notify interested parties once the SBOE makes a decision on the release date for the next cycle.
For an applicant to be approved by the State Board of Education to operate a Subchapter D open-enrollment charter, the applicant must qualify as an "eligible entity" as defined in Texas Education Code, §12.101. The types of entities eligible to hold a Texas open-enrollment charter are as follows:
- Institutions of higher education;
- Private or independent institutions of higher education;
- Organizations that are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
- Governmental entities.
Applying for a Subchapter D Open-Enrollment Charter
While the information below pertains to the Generation 18 cycle, it remains as a helpful resource when preparing for the next RFA.
Please note: An application must accurately describe an education program that is unique to the applicant. An application that plagiarizes or copies other
application(s) will be presumed to not meet this standard.
If you have any questions about the information on this page, contact the Charter School Administration Unit at (512) 463-9575.
Charter School Administration Unit
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-9575