From TEA's Division of Charter School Administration

  • What you need to know

     

    Region 11 Welcomes the Newest Texas Public Charter School: Rocketship Texas Public Schools!!!

    The State Board of Education (SBOE) reviewed and awarded three of seven charters, including Essence Preparatory Charter School (San Antonio), Rocketship Texas Public Schools (Fort Worth), and Thrive for Success (Montgomery County).

     
    Rocketship Dennis Dunkins Elementary is a new, tuition-free public charter school open to all students in grade PK-3 and growing to ultimately serve grades PK-5 in Tarrant County. Founded by leaders born and raised in Southeast Fort Worth, Rocketship Public Schools Texas strives to create a community school where children not only receive an excellent education but families get the resources they need outside of the classroom so their child can show up fully in the classroom. Our flagship school, Rocketship Dennis Dunkins Elementary, is located at 3520 E. Berry St., Fort Worth and will offer free, bus transportation for families.
     

    New All-In-One Form

    Charter schools can use the new All-In-One Form to update AskTED information, request a campus number, verify information about a new campus, update governance information, and update other charter information that does not require an amendment.
     

    All-In-One Form

    TEA Charter Division has shifted to a new electronic format for charters to update their information in our systems. The All-In-Oneonline form is ready for submissions and assists with the following:

    AskTed Updates

    District and Campus Level Updates

    Campus Number Requests for newly approved campuses

    Site Information section for newly approved sites

    • Campus Activation Requests (includes submission of certificates of occupancy) to begin serving students

    Campus/SiteInformation Verification for newly opening locations.

     
     

    To access your charter school's current AskTED information, navigate to AskTED, select "Search By," then "District," and enter the search information. To view personnel roles, check the boxes for "Include School Principals," "Include District Superintendents," and "Include Other District Roles," then select "All District Roles." If any changes are needed, please use our new All-In-One Charter Update Form to make updates.

    General inquiries regarding charter school AskTED may be sent to CharterAskTED@tea.texas.gov.

    TEA Charter Division is pleased to assist with general inquiries regarding charter school AskTed at CharterAskTED@tea.texas.gov and questions regarding newly approved campuses or sites at charterAmendments@tea.texas.gov .

     

    2023-2025 Charter School Program Grant

     

    • The Division of Charter School Authorizing and Administration announced that the 2023-2025 Charter School Program (Subchapter C and D) grant program application was posted on November 4, 2022, on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page.
    • The purpose of the Texas Quality Charter Schools Program Grant is to support the growth of high-quality charter schools in Texas, especially those focused on improving academic outcomes for educationally disadvantaged students. 
    • An Applicants’ Webinar will be held on December1,2022,at 10:00a.m.CT to provide additional information and application support. Registration linkforthiswebinar and additional logistical details can also be found in the Program Guidelines.
    • Applications must be received by the Texas Education Agency by 11:59 p.m.(Central Time),January 13,2023, to be considered for funding.
    • Please email Charlotte Nicklebur Charlotte.Nicklebur@tea.texas.gov for questions about the RFA, the grant program, or for assistance with the applicants’ webinar.

     


    Annual Governance Reporting Forms Due December 1

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is statutorily required to collect Governance Reporting Forms (GRF) annually for open-enrollment charter school officers and governing body members. All charter schools operating during the 2022-2023 school year must submit the information through the Charter School Tracking System (CSTS), starting on October 1, 2022, and no later than December 1, 2022.

    Each charter school is required to establish the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) role of Charter Approver in CSTS for the superintendent. Charter schools may also establish a Charter Data Entry role allowing another individual to enter required information before the Charter Approver submits it. One online form must be completed for EACH board member and school officer for each charter. All forms must be in “submitted” status to complete the submission.

    Guidelines and instructions are available on the Charter School Division’s governance webpage, and if you have any questions during the process please feel free to contact your Portfolio Coordinator or email CharterGovernance@tea.texas.gov.

     


    Charter School Incubator 

    The TEA Charter School Incubator is launching new programs to support different types of leaders in growing the number of high-quality open enrollment (Subchapter D) and in-district (Subchapter C) charter schools in Texas.

    If you or a leader you know is interested in this opportunity, please email us at CharterIncubator@tea.texas.gov.

    Program Types

    • Replication and Expansion: For existing single-site charter leaders seeking to replicate or expand, or for any CMO looking to expand to a new region
    • New Charter Incubation for School Leaders: For existing school leaders and leadership team members interested in opening a new charter school
    • New Charter Incubation for New Leaders: For community leaders, teachers, or those with limited school leadership experience interested in opening a charter school
    • In-District Charter Incubation: For leaders looking to open a new in-district charter school

     


    TEA Charter Newsletter 

    This newsletter is designed to streamline information to charter operators; help operators stay up to date on charter school-related news and events from TEA and the field; and spotlight the successes of our amazing schools and students. All charter superintendents, administrators, board members and external partners (TPCSA, legal firms) should be included in the newsletter mailing list. To be added to the mailing list, email TEA charter schools and ask to be added to the list.

    Please send any news to share to the TEA charter schools mailbox!

     


    TEA Charter Specific Resources

    COVID-19 Specific Considerations for Open-Enrollment Charter Schools - March 19, 2020

    Charter Schools FAQs -  June 16, 2020 - Guidance for Charter Schools on the following topics:

      • Accountability
      • Amendments
      • Charter School Closure
      • Concerns/Complaints
      • Enrollment
      • Funding
      • Governance
      • Grants
      • Operations
      • Renewal