April 6, 2018
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT:Reminder of Senate Bill
1882 Timeline, Processes, & Important Information
January 26, 2018, the agency posted a “To the Administrator Addressed” (TAA) letter , which highlighted implementation
updates and resources related to SB 1882.
The agency’s SB 1882 implementation page, as referenced in the TAA letter,
will continue to serve as primary method of communicating relevant information
for districts interested in seeking eligibility approval for SB 1882
purpose of this TAA letter is to remind district leaders of the timeline and
processes for applying for benefits related to SB 1882.
Timelines & Processes
- SB 1882 Eligibility Approval Requests
SB 1882 permits a
school district contract to partner with an open-enrollment charter school or
other eligible entity to contract to operate a district campus.
interested in seeking eligibility approval for a campus must follow a set of
timelines and processes published by the agency. The timelines and processes
will vary depending on the proposed operating partner and campus type. For
specific details on timelines and process, please visit the following link:
As the districts pursue partnerships in the
current school year, districts should be aware of the following:
- Phase 1
Reviews of District Authorizing Policies and Practices – Districts pursuing a partnership with
a “new operator”, as defined in the eligibility request forms, must
successfully complete a Phase 1 review of district authorizing policies
and practices. The original deadline
for submitting Phase 1 materials, as articulated on the SB1882
Implementation Page, was March 29. TEA
will allow districts to request an extension for a later submission date. Requests for extensions must be
submitted to TEA no later than Thursday, April 12 at 5pm. The latest date
that a district could request in their extension for a Phase 1 review of
district authorizing policies and practices is April 30. Information on Phase 1 extension
requests is posted with Phase 1 guidance on the SB 1882 Implementation
- Phase 2
Review of 1882 Partnership Plan proposal related to Turnaround Partnerships – Districts pursuing a turnaround
partnership involving an Improvement Required campus need to execute a
performance contract and submit all relevant materials, as identified in
guidance and described on the SB 1882 Implementation Page, on or by April 30. The 5pm
deadline on April 30 has been extended to 11:59pm.
- Clarifying Eligible
Entity Capacity - An eligible partner entity, as
determined by TEC §11.174(a)(2), must have the staff capacity, including
at least one full time equivalent employee, dedicated to managing the
campus(es). The district must
provide assurance that the operating partner possesses this capacity. The description and background of the
operating partner capacity, personnel, and their qualifications to manage
a campus or campuses should detailed in the “Application Team Capacity –
Operating Partner” section of the application.
- 501c3 Status
for Non-profit Eligible Entities
– Districts may seek eligibility for partnerships with other entities,
which includes non-profits. Non-profits do not need official IRS
confirmation of tax-exempt status by the eligibility approval request
deadlines. However, non-profits must have documentation that the
organization has applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status.
Intervention Exemption for Turnaround Partnerships Involving Improvement
In accordance with TEC 39A.111, if a campus
receives a 5th consecutive unacceptable rating for the 2017-2018
school year (2018 Accountability Rating), the commissioner is required to order
the appointment of a board of managers or the closure of the campus. The official 2018 accountability rating will
be released by the agency in August.
Districts may seek an intervention pause for
eligible partnerships under TEC §11.174(f). Districts seeking an exemption to
interventions related the 2017 – 2018 school year (2018 Accountability Rating),
the first two years of operation of the district campus would be the 2017-2018
and 2018-2019 school years. Thus performance contracts need to be executed on
or before April 30, 2018 in order to be eligible for the intervention exemption.
information or assistance, please contact Doug Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.