Program Intent Code Allotments

Program Intent codes (PICs) are used to account for the cost of teaching and other services that are directed toward a particular need of a specific set of students. It is important to remember that it is the intent that determines the PIC, and not the demographic makeup of the students served. When using PICs … Read More

Charter School Success… celebrating 10 years of supporting Texas Charters

Since January 1, 2013, Charter School Success has been providing support for Texas Charter Schools. As we celebrate this milestone, we are delighted to feature a brief interview with our founder, Karen Mowbray. Below, a series of questions and answers with Karen. What inspired you to start Charter School Success 10 years ago? I had … Read More

School Safety Standards Grant Due Feb 17, 2023

The State has put serious ($400 million) money where its mouth is when it comes to the safety and security of public-school facilities. In the unfortunate wake of school violence, we must ask ourselves if our facilities have all necessary barriers and are able to protect our students against intruders. In 2022-23, you will be … Read More

EDGAR: Staffing, Time & Effort

One of the best benefits of federal grant dollars is the ability to add extra staffing; however, there is much to consider about compliance and documentation for federally-funded staff. The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) must be followed when hiring and documenting the time of federally-funded staff. This article and our accompanying EDGAR Staff … Read More

Basics of State Compensatory Education Funds

Very likely, your charter is receiving a special allocation of state funds to assist with the educational needs of your students who qualify as At-Risk based on state-defined criteria. Like most the other special state allotments, these funds come with special guidelines and requirements. HB 3 in the 2019 legislature changed the formula for allocation … Read More

Random Validations for Federal Program Compliance – Phase 2

Phase I of random validations for federal program compliance monitoring ended on October 17. If you dodged that bullet (yee haw!), take heed — there is another round that begins November 28! For charters, this mainly concerns two areas of compliance: the Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO) and the Title I Ed Flex waiver. CSS … Read More

Silent Panic Alert Technology (SPAT) Grant – Due Dec 12, 2022

Your school may have previously benefitted from the School Safety and Security grant that the State issued in an effort to prevent school violence. More safety funding is being made available with the SPAT Grant being due in the very near future. The SPAT grant is to purchase silent alert technology, and to be honest, … Read More

LASO Grant – Learning Acceleration Support Opportunities

Ready to “round up” some new funding? The latest release of post-COVID funding is called LASO (aka TCLAS II), and CSS is here to be your partner as we wrestle up all the dirt on this new grant that is due December 22, 2022. Preliminary training for LASO has already happened in October (don’t worry, … Read More

The Fingerprinting Process – Employee and Contractors

Do you ever feel like saying “Help! How do I stay in compliance with fingerprinting and background check requirements for my employees and contractors?” Especially with the recent related changes, we’re here to help answer some of your most frequently asked fingerprinting questions. Click here to register now for HR Compliance Tasks online course for … Read More