Charter School - Amendments

This page covers the process for submitting charter amendments. An amendment is any change to the terms of an open-enrollment charter. See 19 TAC §100.1033(b) - Types of Amendments for more information.

Types of amendments include:

Expansion Amendments;
Non-Expansion Amendments;
New School Designation; and
High-Quality Campus Designation.

Also included on this page is the Campus Number Request Form.

Contacts for Amendment Requests

A - L Charter Schools: Nina Gonzalez, Nina.Gonzalez@tea.texas.gov

M - Z Charter Schools: Drue Ann Wise, DrueAnn.Wise@tea.texas.gov 

Process for Submitting Amendments

Please submit all amendment requests to CharterAmendments@tea.texas.gov.

Expansion Amendments

The timeframe for submitting expansion amendment requests is no earlier than February 1 and no later than April 1, and after submission of the Annual Financial Report (AFR).

An expansion amendment is an amendment that permits a charter school to:
  • extend the grade levels it serves;
  • add an additional campus;
  • add an additional site;
  • change its geographic boundaries; or
  • increase its maximum allowable enrollment.

See 19 TAC §100.1033(b)(9) Expansion Amendment Standards and 19 TAC §100.1033(b)(10) Expansion Amendments for more information.

Expansion Amendment Request Form (PDF, 4,755 KB)

Non-Expansion Amendments

Non-expansion amendments may be submitted at any time. Non-expansion amendments change the terms of an open-enrollment charter that relate to:

  • school name;
  • return of site;
  • charter holder name;
  • charter holder governance;
  • articles of incorporation;
  • corporate bylaws;
  • management company;
  • admission policy; or
  • the educational program of the school.

As long as the amendment does NOT involve expansion, a non-expansion amendment may also relate to:

  • grade levels;
  • maximum enrollment;
  • geographic boundaries; and
  • approved sites.

For instance, a charter holder board would need to submit a non-expansion amendment to return a site.

Non-Expansion Amendment Request Form (PDF, 1,834 KB)

New School Designation

A New School Designation (NSD) is a unique designation that allows a high-performing charter holder to be eligible to apply for the federal Charter School Program (CSP) grant funding for a new charter school campus that proposes to offer a new educational program at the new campus.  Charter that receive this designation may take part in the Charter School Program Start-Up Grant, whenever federal funding for the Texas Charter School program is available

The 2019-2020 NSD Application period is now closed. 

New School Designation Application Form (PDF, 2,111 KB)

New School Designation Presentation (PDF, 679 KB) 

High-Quality Campus Designation

The High-Quality Campus Designation is a separate designation and must be paired with an expansion amendment. If approved by the commissioner, this designation permits a charter holder to replicate its high-quality educational program at a new charter school campus under an existing high-quality open-enrollment charter school pursuant to federal statute. Charters that receive this designation may take part in the Charter School Program High-Quality Replication Grant, whenever federal funding for the Texas Charter School Program is available. Please see 19 TAC §100.1033(b)(13) for the criteria required to apply for a High-Quality Campus Designation Application.

The 2019-2020 High Quality Campus Designation application period is now closed.

High-Quality Campus Designation Application PDF (2,058 KB)

AskTED Updates

Charter schools needing to update their AskTED pages must contact the appropriate program specialist, based on the part of the alphabet their charter school falls under: Nina Gonzalez (Charters A-L) or Drue Ann Wise (Charters M-Z). 

Resources

The following links include more forms and documents used when submitting amendments:

Campus Number Request Form

Existing charter schools must submit an amendment request to add a new campus, to merge campuses, or to separate campuses before requesting a campus number. Submit the Campus Number Request Form (PDF, 70 KB) to the attention of:

Texas Education Agency
Charter Authorizing Office
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-9575 
Fax: (512) 463-9732
Email: CharterAskTED@tea.texas.gov

Submit campus number changes for the current year by Oct. 1 to ensure time for processing by the PEIMS fall snapshot date. This policy does not apply to new active campuses opening mid-year or to campuses under construction.

For questions about campus number assignments, email CharterAskTED@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9575.


If you have any questions about the information on this page, contact the Division of Charter School Administration by email CharterSchools@tea.texas.gov or by phone (512) 463-9575.