Floydada ISD Seeks an In-District Charter Partner for 2020-2021
The FISD Board of Trustees intends to issue a call for applications for a Campus Charter or Program
Charter (“Subchapter C Charter”) pursuant to various paths set forth in TEC Chapter 12, Subchapter C.
The Board specifically invites and encourages applications pursuant to TEC §12.0521.
Rural school districts face many challenges in offering diverse pathways toward college and career readiness for students. In 2018, 23% of Texas students earned a certificate or any type of college degree. It is projected that by 2025, 77% of jobs will require a certificate, 2-year college degree, or 4- year college degree. Rural districts will find it even more challenging to meet this future need by preparing students for jobs that do not exist in the workforce today due to financial, human capital, program, and geographical constraints. In order to better prepare our students for post-secondary experiences, including college and the workforce, we must enter into partnerships that will diversify what we are able to offer our students. Through engagement of a charter operating partner, we will be able to access additional funding that is strictly available to charter schools, thus allowing us the opportunity to offer students diverse pathways that will allow them to earn 2-year degrees or certifications that will prepare them for the work force, all at no cost to students or parents.
FISD is willing to enter only into partnerships that emphasize retention of quality educators, engagement of community stakeholders, use of evidence-based programs, and industry and higher education partnerships. Ultimately, the FISD Board of Trustees will provide oversight of the charter partnership through consistent and comprehensive monitoring of student achievement relative to goals established in a performance contract.
Purpose of Charter Schools
TEC Chapter 12 establishes charter schools for the following purposes:
Charter Application Process Overview
The partner application process shall include:
1. A comprehensive written application submitted by each applicant in accordance with applicationguidance and requirements provided by the Board;
2. A rigorous review of the written application conducted by a review committee (“Review Committee”) of at least three members, including at least one district staff member and one external evaluator, with relevant and diverse expertise;
3. A formal recommendation from the Review Committee to the Superintendent for approval or denial of each application, based on evidence from the Review Committee’s evaluation of the application; and
4. A formal recommendation from the Superintendent to the Board for approval or denial of each application, based on evidence from the Review Committee’s evaluation of the application; and
5. A formal vote by the Board to approve or deny each application.