The Importance of a Strong Mission, Vision, and Values

What makes a charter school?  Why do they exist?  Why do we need them when there is an ISD where these kids could attend? Well, there is no easy answer to these questions. Each charter school is unique, born of a dream and purpose to meet an identified need not yet being met in its … Read More

Budget to Actual Analysis

Charter schools are required to establish budgets which outline how the school will spend its funds throughout the year.  The budget’s goals, priorities, and planning are decisions driven by the school board and superintendent. The campus and charter-wide campus improvement plan are the drivers of the budget expenditures. Charter schools are required to get the … Read More

What Types of Loan Forgiveness Programs Are Available for Teachers?

Did you know that many teachers in our Texas charter schools qualify for thousands of dollars of student loan debt forgiveness?  This could make a HUGE difference in the lives of your teachers! Today’s Tip covers five student loan forgiveness programs available to Texas teachers, based on specific circumstances and qualifiers. Read below to find out … Read More

Misconduct Reporting Portal

The 86th Legislative Session in 2019 passed House Bill 3, which was passed to further protect the safety and welfare of Texas students in several ways, one of those being now requiring schools to report certain allegations of misconduct against non-certified employees. Under TEC §21.006 and Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §249.14, school leaders have been … Read More

2020-21 Indirect Cost Rate Request

The last thing you need is another task to complete this spring, right? No worries! This task is easy, and it can help you get back some money and spend federal grant funds at the same time! Today’s tip is about how to go about requesting an indirect cost rate. Indirect Cost are the costs … Read More

New! College Exam Fees Reimbursements

Prom, senior pictures, class rings, graduation invitations… the list goes on and on. Parents of seniors may feel the need to take out a second mortgage! While schools can’t help with everything, the good news is that there is now funding for SAT, ACT, TSIA, and industry-based certification (IBC) exams. Reimbursements were authorized under House … Read More

Full Day Prekindergarten Waiver

CSS has received urgent updates regarding the Full-Day Prekindergarten Waiver we previously released. The deadline has been extended from March 2, 2020 to April 6, 2020. TEA has issued additional clarification from the commissioner regarding charter schools, the waiver, and their prekindergarten status. CLICK HERE Charters that are approved to have PK as a grade … Read More