Charter Schools

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    In the state of Texas charter schools are public schools that operate via contracts with an authorizer such as local school district authorizers or the state authorizing office. The Texas Charter Authorizing Office oversees the state's charter portfolio.


    Vision and Mission

    Our vision is to cultivate innovative, high-quality learning opportunities for Texas students.  We are driven to empower the charter community through leadership, guidance, and support.

    News and Events

    The State Board of Education endorsed recommendations by the commissioner of education to authorize four new charter school operators. Subject to clearing contractual contingencies, the following applicants will open new charter schools in the 2020-2021 school year: Elevate Collegiate Charter School (Houston); Houston Classical Charter School (Houston-Alief); San Antonio Preparatory Charter School (San Antonio-Judson); and The Gathering Place (San Antonio). The board vetoed the granting of a charter to Royal Public Schools.  If you wish to review the applications of the applicants, please visit our Portfolio page.


    Video recordings of the Generation Twenty-Four charter interviews are available online; please follow these links for the interviews from May 21st, May 22nd, and May 23rd.



    Reminder: Website viewers can now view approved charter amendments and geographic boundaries for each charter on the Portfolio page.


    Important Links


    Information About Applying for a Subchapter D or E Charter School
    Map of Texas charter schools and parent resources for choosing and attending a charter school
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    Applying for an Amendment or Revision of an Existing Charter, Including Expansion, Non-Expansion, New School Designation, and High-Quality Campus Designation Amendments
    Information on Charter School Governance
    Laws, Rules, and Regulations Applicable to Charter Schools
    Charter School Funding and Charter School Program Start-Up and Replication Grants
    Renewal of Charter School Contract
    Charter School Closure Procedures, and What To Do If Your School Closes
    Other Resources - Information for Charter School Operators, Record Requests, and Regional ESC Charter School Contacts
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