Charter FIRST Rating: Notice and Public Hearing

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

Preparing for your Year-End Audit

By now your charter school has likely begun its year-end audit process of pulling back up documentation for several areas of your business services.  While no one is excited for year-end audits, there are lots of ways to lessen the burden and ensure that the audit runs smoothly.  At Charter School Success, we help our … Read More

Board Reporting

One of the most important roles of any school board is to establish a vision for the community that encompasses charter quality, high academic results, and the ability to know the demographics of their students and understand their strengths and weaknesses. School board members play an essential role in the big picture and are required to … Read More

Calculating Charter FIRST

Charter FIRST is the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) Texas Education Code 39.082  This rating system (originally known as School FIRST) was implemented for charter schools during the 2008-09 school year as a ways and means of monitoring their financial accountability. It has evolved significantly over the years to include solvency indicators and … Read More

Staff Salary Allotments

House Bill 3 (HB 3) was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in June of 2019 and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. This historical bill brought on many new allotments, but also repealed a few such as the Gifted and Talented, High School, and Staff Salary Allotments. Although HB 3 eliminated the staff … Read More

Accounting Overview

Charter school business operations can be overwhelming!  With so many moving parts – completing even the smallest task can sometimes take longer than expected due to the endless challenges that present themselves in the day to day operations.  Business Office personnel are all faced with responsibilities of managing non-instructional functions and services so that the … Read More