Students on campus ended up raising over 1000 items to donate to families in need over the holidays.
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.
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.
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.