The Charter FIRST & PEIMS connection: Do you need a budget amendment?

The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) consists of four mandatory yearly data submissions. These submissions encompass all data requested and received by TEA about public education for all open enrollment charter schools in the state of Texas. PEIMS data directly affects your district’s funding, accountability and compliance systems. One of the major compliance elements … Read More

HB3 Update: Teacher Incentive Allotment

In an effort to attract more attention to the teaching field, the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) is an exciting new allotment implemented through HB3 bill. TIA is meant to encourage people to join the teaching profession by providing a pathway to earn an annual $100,000 salary. Participation in the allotment is completely optional and at … Read More

HB3 Update: Bilingual Education Allotment

Texas has a healthy growing population, and with that, Texas also has an increasing Limited English Proficient (LEP) population. HB3 has expanded the resources and allotments given to schools with a Bilingual Education population to help serve this growing population. TEA states that Texas provides services to the second largest LEP population in the nation, … Read More

FLSA Overtime Rule Has Been Updated for a January 1, 2020 Effective Date

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced an updated, final rule for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes are set to go into effect on January 01, 2020. To account for growth in employee earnings since 2004 when the current threshold level was set, the final rule … Read More

HB3 Update: Dyslexia Allotment

HB3 introduced the Dyslexia Allotment to be available for the 2019-2020 school year. Dyslexia is comprised of two primary components: Decoding and Language Comprehension which equate to a person’s reading comprehension ability. TEA has stated that 80% of students who read below grade level demonstrate decoding or word reading weaknesses often attributed to Dyslexia. The … Read More

HB3 Update: Charter School Funding

Most of your campuses are in full swing this time of year; staff developments have been completed, cafeterias are full during the lunch hours and classes full of activity. The days continue as they normally would, while the back office deciphers HB3 to make sure that all changes, compliance rules, and funding guidelines are met. … Read More

HB3 Weekly Update: More Changes to High School Allotments

Career and Technology Education (CTE) Courses The purpose of the CTE allotment is to encourage schools to offer more CTE courses on their campus for their students to take. The goal of a CTE course is to prepare students with the skills needed to further their education and careers in developing and needed professions. The … Read More

College, Career and Military Readiness

House Bill 3 touches many different aspects of education in Texas and one key area that was vastly impacted was the implementation of the college, career, and military readiness programs.  The purpose of these programs is to ensure that all Texas High School students have the resources to access career exploration tools and high-quality college … Read More

HB3 – Weekly Update

TEA Video Series “Current Year Property Values and Fast Growth Allotment” was the topic of TEA’s “HB3 in 30” video series this past week. This week’s video touched on three topics: Current Year Values, Fast Growth Allotment and New Instructional Facility Allotment. The only one that applies to Charter Schools is the latter of the three. … Read More

Student Enrollment and Attendance Projections

Financial planning begins with the use of many tools, one of them being projecting your student enrollment and estimating your percent attendance.  Whether you are considered fast growth, stable, or declining in enrollment, it’s important for your Charter School to accurately project these variables as they are the main drivers of your State Aid.  When … Read More