Benefit Approval Process

Step 2: The district applies to the TEA for Texas Partnership benefits

Overview

After a district develops and authorizes a strong partnership, the district can apply to TEA for Texas Partnership benefits available through SB 1882. All districts applying for benefits must complete and submit the Texas Partnership Benefits Application

Apply for Texas Partnership Benefits

Download the Texas Partnership Benefits Application to get started.

Application Submission Timeline

There are up to three opportunities for districts to submit applications for partnership school benefits. District must submit all application materials to TEA by the deadline to be considered for that review cycle. Districts may submit the District Partnership Benefits Application and Local Board-Approved Charter Authorizing Policy (Attachment A) just once. However, they must submit the Local Campus Partner Application (Attachment B) and the Partnership Performance Contract (Attachment C) for each partnership school.

Application Review Steps

Completeness Review

TEA will first review the application for completeness and to ensure that districts have adopted and/or utilized all relevant policies and templates as required. If TEA determines that any part of a district’s submission is incomplete, it will notify the district so it can re-submit the necessary documents.

Application Evaluation

TEA will review and evaluate relevant submissions from each district’s application for partnership benefits. TEA will formally evaluate (and approve) application resources that are applicable to the type of partnership school and type of partner organization. Required application documents will be evaluated by internal and external review teams. External review teams will be comprised of vetted individuals with expertise in reviewing charter applications.

Capacity Interviews

TEA will conduct capacity interviews with districts submitting an application that does not meet a minimum threshold in one or multiple of the steps above. During these interviews, TEA staff may ask questions to clarify specific elements of the application(s) and to assess the district’s and partner’s capacity to implement the partnership plan laid out in their application.

Document Submission and Evaluation

TEA may evaluate the following as part of a district’s application for partnership benefits. TEA will review other documents for context and completeness only.

Texas Partnership Benefits Application

The District Partnership Benefits Application includes a section on district charter authorizing policies and practices. In it, districts must describe how they will implement their charter policies, including the resources available, the leadership of the district’s charter authorizing functions, and the process the district will put in place to review, monitor, and intervene at a school when necessary. TEA will evaluate the quality of those policies and practices for districts partnering with a new Texas partner, regardless of school type. Districts must also attach their board-approved charter authorizing policy. (Note that all partnerships that include a new Texas partner operating a Turnaround School must adopt TEA’s Model Local Partnership Authorizing Policy).

Local Campus Partner Application

All districts must share the Local Campus Partner Applications that their partners submitted. However, TEA will only evaluate the quality of the Local Campus Partner Application for districts partnering with a new Texas partner to run a Turnaround School. Moreover, all partnerships including a new Texas partner must use TEA’s Model Local Campus Partner Application. TEA strongly encourages districts to use this model application for other partnerships as well, though it does not require doing so.

Partnership Performance Contract

All districts that apply for partnership school benefits must submit an executed Partnership Performance Contract. TEA will evaluate the quality of the contracts for all partnerships regardless of school or partner type. Districts should refer to the Partnership Performance Contract Evaluation Form when drafting and negotiating contract terms to ensure alignment with regulatory requirements. The Partnership Performance Contract Evaluation Form clarifies contract criteria for partners’ operating authority, academic performance goals, financial goals, campus enrollment and expulsion policies, contract terms, charter exemptions, service level agreements, per-pupil funding allocations from the district, accountability for implementing an education plan, and consequences for breach of contract. TEA has also created a model Partnership Performance Contract districts can use as a template.

If the performance contract does not meet all the criteria in TEA’s evaluation form, TEA may approve the contract contingent on the district making specific, requested modifications.

Specific Requirements By School & Partnership-Type

The review process for Texas Partnerships varies depending on the school- and partner- type.

School districts applying for partnership school benefits that include a Turnaround School with a new Texas partner must adopt TEA’s Model Local Partnership Authorizing Policy. In addition, any partnerships that include a new partner, regardless of school-type, must use TEA’s Model Local Campus Partner Application and corresponding evaluation form for evaluating the application.

TEA's Local Partnership Authorizing Policy

Model district authorizing policy for Subchapter C charter schools consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements for partnership benefits under SB 1882.

TEA's Model Local Campus Partner Application

Model application template for soliciting proposals from partner organizations to operate a partnership school.

TEA's Local Campus Partner Evaluation Form

Model form districts must use to evaluate New Texas Partner applications. It is aligned to the Model Local Campus Partner Application.

Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you. Contact the Division of System Support and Innovation (DSSI) for assistance or questions about forming a Texas Partnership.

512-463-2617