Website Posting Requirements
- All Board meeting notices
In addition to the other place(s) at which a charter school must post notice of its Board meetings, it must also concurrently post notice of a Board meeting on its website. Tex. Gov’t Code 551.056(a), (b)(3).
- Board meeting agenda (if the school’s primary geographic service area includes all or part of a municipality with a population of 48,000 or more)
A charter school must also post the Board meeting agenda on its website concurrently if its geographic service area contains all or part of the area within the corporate boundaries of a municipality with a population of 48,000 or more. Tex. Gov’t Code § 551.056(c)(3).
- Archived Recordings of Board Meetings
If a charter school has a student enrollment of 10,000 or more, the school shall post archived recordings, or a link thereto, for each (1) regularly scheduled open meeting that is not a work session or a special called meeting; and (2) open meeting that is a work session or special called meeting if the school has an enrollment of 10,000 or more and at the work session or special called meeting, the Board votes on any matter or allows public comment or testimony. The school shall make the archived recording available on the Internet not later than seven days after the date the recording was made, and maintain the archived recording on the internet for not less than two years after the date the recording was first made available. Tex. Gov’t Code § 551.128(b-1)(1)-(2).
- Names of Board Members
The home page of a charter school’s website must list the names of the members of the governing body of the school. Each year, the charter holder is required to file with the Texas Education Agency a screenshot of the names of the governing body as listed on the home page of the school’s website. Tex. Educ. Code § 12.1211; 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 100.1007(d).
- Completed Conflict Disclosure Statements and Questionnaires
A charter school must provide access on its website to Conflict Disclosure Statements and Conflict of Interest Questionnaires required under chapter 176 of the Local Government Code. Tex. Loc. Gov’t Code § 176.009.
- Online Message Boards Accessible to the Public
A charter school Board may have one (and no more than one) online message board or similar Internet application accessible to the public over which Board members communicate or exchange information about public business or school policy. The link must be prominently displayed on the school home page, and the message board or Internet application must not be more than one click away from the home page. Tex. Gov’t Code § 551.006(b).
A charter school must continuously post on its website the salary of the school’s superintendent or, as applicable, the administrator serving as the educational leader and chief executive officer. Each year, the charter holder is required to file with the Texas Education Agency a screenshot of the superintendent’s salary (or other applicable officer) from the school’s website. Tex. Educ. Code § 12.136; 19 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 100.1007(d), 100.1050.
- School Budget
Upon the Board’s final approval of the budget, a charter school must post on the school’s website a copy of the budget adopted by the Board. The website must prominently display the electronic link to the adopted budget, and the adopted budget must be maintained on the school’s Internet website until the third anniversary of the date the budget was adopted. Tex. Educ. Code
44.0051; 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 100.1032(2)(J)(iii). Note: Section 100.1032 does not contain a “third anniversary” limit to postings of approved budgets and there is a lack of clarity on this specific requirement.
- Annual Financial Statement
A charter school’s Board must take action to ensure that the school’s financial statement prepared under Local Government Code § 140.005 is posted continuously on the school’s website. Tex. Loc. Gov’t Code § 140.006(c); 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 100.1050.
- Annual Financial Report
Although Chapter 44 of the Education Code does not mandate that a charter school post its annual financial report on its website, the commissioner’s rules state that a charter may be non- renewed based on a charter school’s failure to post on its website the most current annual financial report. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 100.1032(2)(K) (Tex. Educ. Code § 44.008).
*NOTE: a charter school may publish the superintendent’s employment contract on its website in lieu of publication in the annual financial management report.
19 Texas Administrative Code § 109.1005(b)(2)(A).*
If assigned a campus intervention team, a school must post on its Internet website notice of a public meeting with certain school administrators, parents, and community members to review the campus performance rating and solicit input for the development of a targeted improvement plan. The notice must include the date, time, and place of the meeting. Tex. Educ. Code § 39A.056.
After a targeted improvement plan or an updated targeted improvement plan is submitted to the Board of Director, the Board must conduct a hearing to discuss the insufficient performance of the campus, improvements expected for the campus, the intervention measures or sanctions that may be imposed if performance does not improve and solicit public comment on the targeted improvement plan. The proposed targeted improvement plan must be posted on the school’s website before the public hearing. Tex. Educ. Code § 39A.057.
- Campus Turnaround Plan
If required to develop a campus turnaround plan, the school shall notify stakeholders of their ability to review the completed plan on the school website at least 30 days before the final plan is submitted to the Board of Directors. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 97.1064(d)(1).1
- Notice of Accredited-Warned, Accredited-Probation, or Not Accredited-Revoked Accreditation Status
Not later than 30 days after an accreditation status of accredited-warned, accredited-probation, or not accredited-revoked is assigned, the school must post notice on its home page with a link to information about the accreditation status, the implications of such status, and the steps the school is taking to address the areas of deficiency identified by the commissioner. The notice shall use the format and language determined by the commissioner, available at https://tea.texas.gov/accredstatus/ (scroll to “TEA Required Notification Language”). The notice must remain posted until the school is assigned Accredited status. 19 Tex. Admin. Code
- Texas Academic Performance Report
A charter school must disseminate the Texas Academic Performance Report by posting it on the school’s website (among other places). Tex. Educ. Code § 39.306; 19 Tex. Admin. Code
- Federal Report Card
A school that receives Title I funds shall prepare and disseminate an annual federal report card that includes information on the charter system as a hole and each school within the charter system. The report card shall be concise; presented in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand; and accessible to the public, including placing the report on the school’s website. 20 U.S.C. § 6311(h)(2).
- State Assessment Information
A school that receives Title I funds shall post on its website information on each assessment required by the state to comply with 20 U.S.C. 6311, other assessments required by the state, and assessments required by the charter school, including (1) the subject matter assessed; (2) the purpose for which the assessment is designed and used; (3) the source of the requirement for the assessment; and (4), where available, the amount of time students will spend taking the assessment, the schedule for the assessment, and the time and format for disseminating results. 20 U.S.C.
- Health-Related Policies
A charter school must post on its website a statement of the polices adopted to ensure that elementary school, middle school, and junior high school students (as applicable) engage in at least the amount and level of physical activity required by Tex. Educ. Code § 28.002(1). Charter schools must also include a statement of: (1) the number of times during the previous year the school health advisory council met; (2) whether the school adopted and enforces policies to ensure schools comply with vending machine and food service guidelines to restrict student access to vending machines; and (3) whether the school adopted and enforces policies and procedures which penalize the use of tobacco products by students and others on school grounds or at school-sponsored or school-related activities. Additionally, post a statement which provides parents with notice that they may require in writing their child’s physical fitness assessment results at the conclusion of the school year. Tex. Educ. Code §§ 28.004(k), 38.0141.
- Immunization Information
A charter school must post on its website a list, in Spanish and English, of the immunizations required for admission to public school; any immunizations or vaccines recommended for public school students by the Department of State Health Services; and all known health clinics in the district that offer the influenza vaccine, to the extent those clinics are known to the school, as well as a link to the Department of State Health Services website regarding claiming an exemption from the immunization requirements. Tex. Educ. Code § 38.019(a).
- Process for Reporting Bullying
A charter school must, to the extent practicable, post on its website the procedure for reporting bullying established in the school’s policy prohibiting bullying and retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, provide information concerning an incident of bullying. Tex. Educ. Code §§ 12.104(b)(2)(P); 37.0832(e).
- Other Topics
- Transition and Employment Guide
A charter school must post to its website the transition and employment guide developed and published by the Texas Education Agency for students enrolled in special education programs and their parents. Tex. Educ. Code § 29.0112(e)(1).
- College Credit Program
If a charter school has adopted a college credit program under Education Code § 28.009, the school must post each year on the school’s website a copy of the agreement (including a memorandum of understanding or articulation agreement) between the charter school and the public institution of higher education. Tex. Educ. Code § 28.009(b-2)(6).
While 28.009 is not directly applicable to charter schools, if a school has adopted Section 28.009, this requirement should be followed.
- Website Accessibility
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Such a notice can be useful when responding to complaints to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, that a school’s website is inaccessible to persons with disabilities.