Completing the 2020-21 ESSA Compliance Report

Let’s face it, compliance is not what is fun about our jobs as educators. On the other hand, compliance can help us be more thorough and diligent in implementing our programs for students. Rules for compliance can help us clarify what is expected of us to do our jobs right and stay out of trouble. … Read More

Title I Supplemental Methodology Requirement

SNS is not a typo for SOS! SNS stands for “Supplement Not Supplant,” and prior to the start of school there is a test. It’s called the “Supplemental Funds Test,” and is for LEAs that receive Title I, Part A federal funds. If you need tutoring for this test, today’s article is for you! Many … Read More

AskTED – What It Is and Why It Is Important for Your Charter?

Not getting important communication can leave you out of the loop and in a bind.  One way to ensure you receive accurate and important information from the State is to make sure your AskTED directory information is current and correct. AskTED is the online Texas Education Directory (TED), which is updated daily.  AskTED is the … Read More

School Safety and Security Grant Available Now – Due Jan 22, 2020

Rarely does an opportunity come along for a simple, guaranteed grant to help your school district. The 2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant offers a minimum of $25,000 to your district! The funds were made available by the 86th Texas Legislature by Senate Bill 500 in response to the tragic trend of school violence. You … Read More

EDGAR Substitute Time and Effort

Are you funding salaries for your instructional staff using federal funds? Are you aware of the rules and regulations under the EDGAR requirements? If so, here are some helpful tips to keep you informed and in compliance. For in-depth information, sign up now for the EDGAR Staff and Time and Effort (6100 Expenses) online course. … Read More

Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Requirements

This is the second in a series of tips. Now that school has started, our thoughts turn to the Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) activities required of districts and charters who receive Title I, A funds. The ESSA parent and Family Engagement requirements are in effect for both Targeted Assisted and Schoolwide campuses. The CSS … Read More

Random Validations – Title I, Part A Schoolwide Program Elements

This is the first in a series of tips. Is your charter school campus ready in case it is selected for random validation? This tip provides some basic information to help Title I school-wide campuses be aware of what is expected and what documentation to have ready. Even if you are not chosen, it is … Read More

ESSA Supplemental Methodology Requirement

Charter School Success previously released a tip about SNS Methodology. TEA has posted the revised Supplement, Not Supplant Handbook available at: Supplement, Not Supplant Handbook All Districts must have the appropriate form on file and available for auditors. Statement of Exemption – form on page 30 OR Description of SNS Methodology – form on page … Read More

Significant Expansion of Open Enrollment Charter Schools

For Charter Schools ONLY! Have you experienced a significant increase in your student enrollment over what you recorded for last school year?  Are you wondering if you might receive an additional allocation of supplemental federal funds?  On September 13, TEA posted a letter notifying all charters of the criteria required to meet the Significant Expansion guidelines. … Read More

How to complete your 2018-2019 ESSA Compliance Report

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is responsible to the US Department of Education (USDE) for monitoring all districts and charters for the appropriate implementation of the ESSA program.  The ESSA Compliance Report is one way the TEA meets their monitoring obligation. So, as a Charter School, you may be asking yourself, how do I complete … Read More