What is a Charter School?
A charter school is a type of public school. Charter schools provide education through a "charter," which is a type of contract granted by a chartering entity such as the commissioner of education, State Board of Education (SBOE), or the board of trustees of an independent school district.
Charter Home - Purpose and Definition
In 1995, 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.
Connect! Network! Learn!
Get all your charter school information in the smore link below! Find professional development opportunities, charter school meetings, guides to statutory trainings, and future plans for servicing charter schools - all provided by ESC Region 11 staff.
Charter School - Winter Updates Coming Soon!
2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant Application is NOW AVAILABLE!
Allocations for eligible applicants are available and can be viewed on the TEA Grant Opportunities page.
Application Due Date: Eligible applicants must apply by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, January 22, 2020.
Visit the TEA Grants Opportunities page for more detailed information and contact information for questions concerning this grant opportunity.
NEWS: Do you have questions about the significant changes to the Charter School Performance Framework (CSPF)?
Mark your calendars for December 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM at ESC Region 11 center to attend a presentation by TEA's Jeff Koch, Charter Quality and Accountability Administrator. Mr. Koch will speak on those changes and how they will affect your charter schools.
Registration is now open. REGISTER HERE
Questions about the Annual Governance Reporting Form for Charter Schools?
The link above will take you directly to TEA's page that contains information about the Annual Governance Reporting Form as well as training for board members and officers!