NYOS Charter School

Executive Director's Corner

Happy 2017 everyone,

We at NYOS Charter School start the spring semester gearing up for graduation and spring testing.  We also welcome Texas state legislators back to Austin.  Several bills in the 2017 session may impact Texas charter schools.  SB457 filed by Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels proposes facilities funding for charter schools.  The bill, if passed, would provide approximately $700 per student per year to help pay for charter school facilities.  At NYOS, that would mean $672,000 added annually to our budget starting in the 2017-2018 school year.  SB6, also known as the “Bathroom bill” may provide clarity to schools on facilities for transgendered students.  Other bills seek to remedy language regarding the calculation of time from days to minutes and the new A-F school accountability ratings system.  One prospective bill may also offer extra funding in exchange for meeting more stringent academic and discipline requirements.  It is worth noting that any proposed state budget amendments that increase funding for public schools benefit NYOS too.   

To help pass legislation beneficial to charter schools, I meet regularly with legislators to promote charter school initiatives.  Most times, I work in conjunction with the Texas Charter Schools Association. In fact, on Tuesday January 24th, I am testifying to the TX Senate Education Committee regarding facilities funding for charter schools.  You can be sure that I will thank Senator Campbell for filing SB457.  Having that extra $762,000 each year means NYOS could build out our new property on Lamar more quickly and with more amenities – a direct positive effect on our school.

NYOS needs YOU as voters to help.  Please remember that all participation is voluntary.  If you are interested, here are a few ways to get involved.

  1. Attend the Charter School Town Hall at KIPP Austin Comunidad (8004 Cameron Road) on Feb 1 at 6:00pm.  All Senators and Representatives from Central Texas are invited to learn about charter schools in this area.  They are especially excited to meet you, VOTERS.  We are hoping for a good turnout of parents and staff supporters from NYOS.  Childcare and food will be provided. 
  2. Sign up for Voter Voice.  Voter Voice is an easy way to keep up-to-date with legislative activities and tell your legislator how you feel about issues.  Voter Voice creates easy-to-use, pre-populated emails.  With just a couple of clicks, you can send an email to your legislator.  Emails can be customized too if you want to share a personal story.  Sign up here: http://www.txcharterschools.org/speak-out/start-here/
  3. Attend the Charter School rally on the Capitol Steps on April 26, 2017.  Charter school supporters from all across Texas converge at the Capitol on this day.  In 2015, NYOS’ own Tiffany Bradley (parent) made a compelling speech to the crowd.  Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Governor Abbott also made speeches in support of charter schools.
  4. Connect with other Charter School advocates on Facebook and Twitter.  Click here for links and more ways to follow the movement.  http://www.txcharterschools.org/speak-out/

YOU can make a difference for the 960 students at NYOS and the 230,000+ charter school students in Texas.  Please take a minute and sign up now.  Thank you in advance for supporting NYOS.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Zimmermann

Executive Director

NYOS Charter School