Dr. Alissa Russell announced TCSA's Teacher of the Year

Dr. Alissa Russell announced TCSA's Teacher of the Year

The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) named [...] Dr. Alissa Russell the Teacher of the Year at the 2016 Texas Charter Schools Conference earlier this week. Both Mr. Cook and Dr. Russell received recognition and their awards at a luncheon with keynote speaker Governor Greg Abbott and Deputy Commissioner AJ Crabill.

A High School Campus, On Time and Under Budget

A High School Campus, On Time and Under Budget

Founded in 1998, Life School is one of the most successful charter school systems in Texas. With 5,200 K-12 students on seven campuses, Life School needed a dedicated high school. Positioning itself to be the first charter school in Texas to access the Permanent School Fund, which was until 2014 reserved for Independent School Districts, Life School was able to secure the bonds to design and build Life High School, 30 miles south of Dallas in Waxahachie.

Charter Schools find smarter way to Borrow

Charter Schools find smarter way to Borrow

Life School, near Dallas, was stuck paying relatively high rates until this year, when Texas agreed to guarantee its bonds—and those of other investment-grade charters—through the $37.7 billion Permanent School Fund, the nation’s largest education endowment. Created with a $2 million grant in 1854, the fund backs about $55.2 billion of Texas school debt with money from investments such as state land, providing districts with the equivalent of a triple-A rating and access to lower-cost borrowing.