Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy

Education is a partnership between the school and the home; however, building effective partnerships can be a challenge. Schools must consciously reach out and plan for ways to engage families. For Title I schools, it can be a bigger challenge with parents facing barriers related to poverty. For these reasons, having a comprehensive plan and … Read More

Risk Level Assessment for 2023-24

Low scores don’t usually win, but low is the way to go when it comes to federal risk levels! Federal regulations require TEA to annually evaluate each grant recipient’s risk of noncompliance with the federal statutes, rules, terms, and conditions of their award. To comply with this requirement, TEA conducts a risk assessment of each … Read More

Title I School-Parent Compact

You’ve probably heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” The same is true about educating a child.  When schools and parents work together, we see greater student success. Parents and schools agree that we want our students to be successful.  One of the ways to help our students achieve academic success … Read More

Title IV Special Data Collection Due Dec 1, 2023

Do you remember last March when the weather was cool? You might also vaguely remember submitting a Title IV report of your measurable goals and objectives for the program. The next phase of the Title IV special reporting is coming up just in time for the holidays! Even if you transfer your Title IV funds … Read More

Title I Comparability of Services

Before the big shift to holiday mode happens, some business must be handled, and we don’t mean picking out your favorite pie! IF your Charter District receives Title I, Part A funds, Comparability reports must be done. This “test” is completed each year to make sure local (FSP) staffing and funds are distributed equally between … Read More

The Annual Governance Reporting Requirement for Charter Schools

TEA collects information about charter school board members and school officers each year, as required by Texas law and outlined in TEC 12.119(b). This year’s deadline is December 1, 2023! The 2023-2024 Annual Governance Reporting Form for Open-Enrollment Charter Schools is due no later than Friday, December 1, Charters must submit this information through the … Read More

Bilingual/ESL Allotment (PIC 25) and Written Policy and Procedures

A new student enrolls in your charter district indicating another language on the home language survey. What do you do? Do you have the process written down? Bilingual/ESL written policies and procedures are required as part of your annual financial report. Your compliance will be collected by your auditor and on the annual Use of … Read More

SHARS Survey Due Nov 3, 2023 for IDEA-B Recipients

Did you receive IDEA-B funding for SPED last year (2022-23)? If so, your LEA is required to complete the SHARS survey by Nov 3, 2023. SHARS is a program by which districts can receive funding from Medicaid for certain SPED services. Even if you do not have a SHARS program, you must complete the survey if … Read More

Dyslexia Law Updates

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the recent changes to the dyslexia laws? If so, you are not alone! On June 10, 2023, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3928 which prompted many changes to the way we approach dyslexia evaluation, identification, and instruction. At this time, the Student Board of Education (SBOE) is in the … Read More

Calculating Charter FIRST

Charter FIRST is the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), which is detailed in Texas Education Code 39.082. The purpose and goal of having a financial accountability rating system is to ensure that open enrollment charter schools continually strive to improve the management of their financial resources and provide transparency and openly report results to … Read More