Subchapter D charters are often referred to as open-enrollment charters. This page covers the application process for a Subchapter D open-enrollment charter.
Subchapter D - Eligible Entities
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;
- Tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3)'s under the Internal Revenue Code; and
- Governmental entities.
Churches and other faith-based organizations are not eligible to apply for a charter. These applicants will need to establish a separate, nonsectarian 501(c)(3).
Public colleges and universities may also apply for Chapter 12, Subchapter E charters.
Applying for a Subchapter D Charter
The application cycle is now closed and applications are NOT being accepted at this time. The most recent Instructions and Guidelines (PDF, 684 KB) document remains as a resource for potential applicants to review.
Applicant Information Sessions
- TEA will host applicant information sessions which
will provide details about:
- applying for, holding, and operating a charter in the state of
- the contents of the application documents, and
- the application preparation
guidelines and submission requirements for both electronic and hard copy
- Applicant information sessions, once scheduled, will be held in the William B. Travis Building, located at 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78701.
- At least one member of the governing board of the
sponsoring entity requesting the charter must attend one of the
sessions. It is recommended that the person(s) with primary responsibility for
preparing and submitting the application also attend one of these required
Required Resources and Information
The following information pertaining to the Generation Twenty application cycle is provided for reference only. Once released, the Generation Twenty-One material will be made available here.
Applicants whose sponsoring entity holds a Texas 501(c)(3) are to complete and submit the Generation 20 Charter Application (PDF, 2,330 KB) and required attachments listed below.
Applicants whose sponsoring entity holds a 501(c)(3) not based in Texas are considered out-of-state applicants and are required to complete and submit the Generation 20 Charter Application for Out-of-State Operators (PDF, 2,335 KB) and the required attachments listed below.
The following links are applicable to ALL applicants and provide additional necessary information for submitting an application:
- Attachment Coversheets (PDF, 129 KB)
- Attachment A3 Sample Letter (PDF, 189 KB) and Statement of Impact Form (PDF, 523 KB) (applicants provide to districts and charters in proposed attendance/geographic boundaries)
- Attachment F3 Financial Plan Workbook (PDF, 381 KB), (Excel, 489 KB)
- Attachment G4 Biographical Affidavit (PDF, 1,476 KB)
- Attachment O2 Staffing Chart (PDF, 1,406 KB)
- Attachment O3 Supplemental Human Resources Information Form (CEO) (PDF, 595 KB)
- Attachment O3 Supplemental Human Resources Information Form (Other) (PDF, 578 KB)
Any applicant proposing to partner with a Charter Management Organization (CMO) shall also complete the Charter Management Organization Addendum (PDF, 2,428 KB). A CMO is any third-party entity, whether nonprofit or for-profit, that provides comprehensive education management services to a school via contract with the school's governing board.
The following links provide important information to note when submitting an application:
- Applications deemed to be complete will advance to the external review phase of the review process. Each application will be evaluated by five independent reviewers, each using the Charter Application Evaluation Overview and Criteria document (PDF, 1,670 KB).
- Applicants whose application qualifies for external review but does not contain a 501(c)(3) determination letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must provide the determination letter from the IRS on or before April 15, 2015, in order to be eligible for an interview.
- The process of establishing a nonprofit entity is a lengthy process. The IRS oversees the 501(c)(3) process.
- An application must describe an education program that is unique to the applicant.
- The TEA defines
plagiarism as the representation of the words or ideas of another as one's own
in an application. The agency is cognizant that in order to implement an
existing curriculum, instructional framework, or educational model with
fidelity, key concepts must be discussed. However, it is not acceptable
to copy and paste this discussion or description from another source. To avoid
plagiarism, every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or by
appropriate indentation, and must be cited properly. Acknowledgment is also
required when material from any source is paraphrased or summarized in whole or
in part in one's own words.
Selected Laws and Rules Applicable to Open-Enrollment Charters
The links below reference some of the laws and rules that apply to charters:
If you have questions, please contact the Division of Charter School Administration by e-mail at CharterSchools@tea.texas.gov or by phone at (512)463-9575.