Charter Schools - Subchapter E Charters

This page describes Subchapter E charters. These charters are sometimes called university charters.

The commissioner of education may grant open-enrollment charters to public colleges and universities. These schools may operate on a campus of the college, university, or junior college or at another location in any county in the state as deemed appropriate by the commissioner of education after he considers the number of existing charters in the area and the needs of the community. See Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 12, Subchapter E §12.152 (Outside Source).

Applying for a Subchapter E Charter

The Generation Twenty-Five application cycle is now open.

The mandatory information sessions were held on October 18th and November 1st.  The Application Information Session Form (PDF, 783 KB) is provided as a reference.  Prospective applicants should not complete the Generation 25 Application for Open-Enrollment Charter prior to attending the Application Information Sessions.

The Instructions and Guidance document (PDF, 740 KB) provides the complete timeline and detailed information pertaining to the completion of an application in response to the Generation Twenty-Five Request for Application (RFA 701-19-114).

The 2019 information session presentations are included here as a reference:

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 420 KB) is also available for prospective applicants to review.

Required Resources and Information  

Applicants are to complete and submit the Generation Twenty-Five Charter Application Responses and Attachments Document - Subchapter E (Word, 949 KB).  

The following attachment links are applicable to ALL applicants and provide additional necessary information for submitting an application:

Any applicant proposing to partner with a Charter Management Organization (CMO) shall also complete the Charter Management Organization Addendum (PDF, 2,310 KB). A CMO is any third-party entity, whether nonprofit or for-profit, that provides comprehensive education management services to a school via a contract with the school's governing board.

The Scoring Rubric (PDF, 125 KB) for the Generation Twenty-Five Open-Enrollment Charter application will be used by external evaluators to assess the strength of each application.  This document is not to be filled out by applicants.  It is provided to serve as a resource for aligning application material with Agency expectations.

Errors When Opening Attachments

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    More Information 

    An application must describe an education program that is unique to the applicant. An applicant who plagiarizes or copies any other application does not meet this standard.

    You may sign up for more information about the open-enrollment charter application process by signing up for our GovDelivery email list.

    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 any questions, contact John Garland by e-mail at John.Garland@tea.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-3533.