To further promote local initiative, the 1995 revision of the Texas Education Code established a new type of public school, known as a charter school. Charter schools are subject to fewer state laws than other public schools with the idea of ensuring fiscal and academic accountability without undue regulation of instructional methods or pedagogical innovation. Like school districts, charter schools are monitored and accredited by the state.
According to the Texas Education Code, the purposes of charter schools are to:
- improve student learning;
- increase the choice of learning opportunities within the public school system;
- create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to the public school system;
- establish a new form of accountability for public schools; and
- encourage different and innovative learning methods.
- 11/22/2013 - Congratulations to the Generation 18 charters:
- Carpe Diem Schools - San Antonio;
- El Paso Leadership Academy; and
- Magnolia and Redbud Montessori for All.
- 11/22/2013 - The New School Designation application and presentation have been added to the Charter Amendments page.
- 10/29/2013 - The applications for the Generation 2 charters have been added to the website.
Operations remain suspended indefinitely at both campuses of Children First Academy of Dallas (Children First Academy of Dallas and the Children First Academy - Houston).
- 9/13/2013 - TEA has requested that both campuses accommodate the needs of parents and students. Staff should be available during the following times to answer questions and to allow for parents to pick up their students' personal supplies, materials, and other items. The scheduled days and times are in place until further notice:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 7:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday and Thursday - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- The charter school orientation is being provided this year via a web-based format. The modules are now available and may be viewed on the Orientation page.
- Be advised that the process for establishing a nonprofit entity is completed directly with the Internal Revenue Service and is a lengthy process. The estimated time may be as long as 18 months. A 501(c)(3) determination letter must be submitted with the application in order for the application to be found complete.
Resources for Parents and Students
Information for past, current, and prospective charter school students and their parents.
Resources for Charter School Personnel
Information and guidance for current charter school administration and staff.
Resources for Charter School Applicants
Application and orientation information for prospective charter school operators.
Charter School Administration
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-9575
Fax: (512) 463-9732
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