Internal Controls

What are Internal Controls and why are they important? Internal control is defined as a process, effected by an entity’s board of directors, management, and other personnel, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives relating to operations, reporting, and compliance. Internal controls are the policies and procedures management establish to achieve the … Read More

Cares Act – Prior Purchase Reimbursement Program (PPRP) UPDATE

UPDATE:  The PPRP program dates have been extended. Please see the updates on the Prior Purchase Reimbursement Program (PPRP) here on the CRF Reimbursement programs webpage.  The PPRP application will reopen this month, with any new applications or amendments due by 1/31/21. The new deadline for receiving devices is 2/28/21. This may mean that your … Read More

Completing the Semi-Annual Certification for Federally Funded Staff

If you are paying all or part of a qualified campus-based staff position from a Federal grant or State Compensatory Education (SCE) funds, then it is time to complete the Semi-Annual Certification form for the first semester. The purpose of the Semi-Annual Certification is for the employee and supervisor to attest that the work performed that semester was … Read More

Program Checkup – Title II, Part A

This is the second in a series of program checkups. Click here for the first article on Title I, Part A. New Year’s is a time to get healthy, so why not take a look at the health of your LEA’s federal programs? CSS continues its series of program checkups regarding federal program requirements with … Read More

HB 3 Required School Board Plans and Goals

Has your Texas Charter School Board adopted the two required plans under House Bill 3 – Early Childhood Literacy/Math Plan (EC-LM) and College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Plan? The original timeline was for both plans to be adopted and in place by the end of the 2019-20 school year, but the deadline has been … 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

Program Checkup: Title I, Part A Schoolwide Program Elements

This is the first in a series of program checkups to ensure compliance. Random validations were conducted early this year. If you were not one of the 80 LEAs selected statewide in October (4 per region), consider it an early Christmas gift! However, audits and compliance reporting are still in your future, so CSS will … Read More

Audit Update: Submitting Your Annual Financial Report

It’s Audit Time! In Today’s Tip, we’ll be discussing the steps you need to take to submit/upload your Annual Audit — also referred to as the Annual Financial Report (AFR). At CSS, we help review and assist in the completion and submission of the audit for our Charter School Success clients. On-time audits are required to Pass FIRST, … Read More

Title I Comparability of Services

Thanksgiving Break is quickly approaching, but before you can gobble up that last piece of pumpkin pie, your LEA will have to pass the Comparability Test.  This requirement is necessary only if your Charter District receives Title I, Part A funds.  This test is completed each year to make sure local (FSP) staffing and funds … Read More