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Don’t go it alone in the Lone Star State.

Some of America’s most effective charter schools and networks started in Texas. Expertise on how to start, run and grow successful schools is abundant in the state — and available at no cost from the Charter Support Unit’s Launch Year Training program and on-the-ground consultants.

Our Services in Texas

The CSU Texas was created in 2019 with support from the U.S. Department of Education and the Walton Family Foundation. It is an expansion of the Charter Support Unit established and operated through Building Hope nationally, but offers targeted expertise for schools in Texas. 

Launch Year Training Program

For school leaders starting new schools, the CSU Texas facilitates the Texas Public Charter Schools Association’s Launch Year Training Program. Upon charter approval by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the CSU Texas steps in to provide a year-long training, planning, and technical support leading up to the first day of school with students. Training and technical assistance covers operations, administration, and compliance and brings in subject-matter experts from across Texas.

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More Services in Texas

Having been operations and administrative charter school leaders ourselves, we recognize you might not have chosen this work because you love budgeting, facilities planning or compliance. It all connects to student and school success, though, so understanding the administrative side of running a school is essential. Lean on the Texas CSU to help you with an array of free resources, services, and counsel.

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One-on-One Consultations

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Boards & Governance

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Facilities Planning

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Finance & Budgeting

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Grant Admin & Compliance

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School Operations

Our Partners in the Region

The CSU Texas partners with the Texas Public Charter Schools Association to run the Launch Year Training Program. This partnership has enabled the creation of key resources for schools in the state of Texas including a launch year checklist and a live compliance calendar for current operators within the Association member portal.

Additionally, CSU Texas uses our expertise and experience to establish new partnerships and engage experts in our service areas to best support schools. We work with service providers, expert consultants, lawyers, and veteran practitioners all over the state of Texas to provide training, best practices, and resources to new schools.

We will continue to find ways to fill gaps and to amplify existing resources to support all charters in Texas.


Our Team in Texas

Shawn McCormack

Shawn McCormack

President Southwest Region

Mr. McCormack is responsible for providing financial and facilities expertise to charter schools, building partnerships with local foundations supporting education reform, and managing real estate development projects. Prior to Building Hope, Shawn was a Broad Resident in Urban Education and served for five years as the Director of Finance, and then Chief Financial Officer for KIPP San Antonio Public Schools where he helped grow the organization from three schools and 1,500 students to six schools and 3,500 students. Shawn started his career in Boston as a CPA with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and then became the Principal Accounting Manager for Peregrine Financial Corporation, a private wealth management firm. Shawn has a BS in finance and master’s in accounting from  Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master’s degree in education leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. Shawn lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children.

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Lisa Nyquist

Lisa Nyquist

Director of Charter School Operations, Texas

Mrs. Nyquist is responsible for leading CSU Texas by providing technical assistance to charter schools and building relationships and partnerships in the state to help charter schools be as successful in administration and operations as in the classroom. Prior to joining CSU Texas and Building Hope, Lisa served two years as the Assistant Director of Special Revenue and Compliance for Northside ISD in San Antonio, the fourth-largest district in Texas. She also served four years as the Senior Compliance Manager for KIPP San Antonio Public Schools, where she managed all restricted funds and helped the organization develop several robust practices, policies, and procedures. Lisa also worked three years at DC Public Schools in Washington, D.C., in operations, procurement, and fiscal analysis. Lisa is a 2006 Terry Foundation Scholar and has a BA in economics and an MPSA in public service and administration, with a focus on education policy, from Texas A&M University-College Station. Lisa lives in San Antonio with her husband and two children.

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“The value of the partnership we’ve built with the Charter Support Unit Texas and Building Hope team is immeasurable. When our mission shifted and would no longer support new charter awardees in their start-up year, CSU Texas filled the gap. They provided guidance and walked each school through the exhaustive foundation-building process to a successful first day of school. Through our partnership, we have developed tools and resources for new schools to utilize and plan on exploring more opportunities to collaborate. I know they’re just a phone call away if any TPCSA member needs additional support.”

Nadia Luna, VP of Member Services
Texas Public Charter Schools Association

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We’re here…because we’ve been there. The CSU’s team of consultants is eager to share what we’ve learned from developing, leading and growing schools. Turn to us for tested strategies and tools collected from some of the country’s most successful charter school leaders and advocates.

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