Random Validations for Federal Program Compliance – Phase 2

Phase I of random validations for federal program compliance monitoring ended on November 12. If you dodged that bullet (yeehaw!), take heed — there is another round that begins December 1. For charters, this mainly concerns two areas of compliance:  the Unsafe School Choice Option and the Title I Ed Flex waiver. CSS has gathered … Read More

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

ARP Maintenance of Equity Test

The extra COVID funds sure are nice! But with them comes extra reporting. It’s kind of like those bills after Christmas. You probably haven’t had time to finish Title I Comparability Testing yet, and CSS has another test to warn you about that is called “MOEquity.”  This is NOT to be confused with Maintenance of … Read More

Title I Comparability of Services

Fall is in the air and leaves are changing, but before we load up our cars and travel near and far for Thanksgiving festivities, we must take care of Comparability Testing. Sounds about as tasty as pumpkin pie with no sugar in it we know, but IF your Charter District receives Title I, Part A … 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. Where can I find background information about fingerprinting? The 2007 Texas Legislature … Read More

What Does It Take to Be a Successful Charter HR Professional?

Today’s HR Tip is an interview with an HR Expert – Charter School Success’s very own Jordan Elliott. Read below for Jordan’s valuable insights from her career as an HR professional. How did you get into the field of HR in education? My real love for HR evolved while I was serving as Superintendent of … 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

TCLAS Grant – Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Support

Wading through the abundance of government funding that has become available in response to the COVID pandemic can feel like swimming in an ocean. Every time you turn around, a new wave is coming. Staying afloat is a challenge, but CSS is here to assist you with today’s lifesaving article that provides the basics about … Read More

Contribution to TRS: New Minimum Salary Schedule increase

 Although charter schools are not subject to paying their teachers based on the minimum salary schedule, HB3 requires that open enrollment charter schools pay the state’s contribution on the portion of a member’s TRS eligible salary that exceeds the statutory minimum or the “state minimum.”  Members include classroom teachers, full-time librarians, full-time counselors certified under … Read More

Beginning of Year Activities for Federal Programs

Summer is getting shorter, and the “To Do” list is getting longer! As school begins, there are many things you must remember, so Charter School Success has developed a list of ESSA-related activities to keep you organized! Today’s Tip will help keep you on top of all the deadlines and documentation required when receiving federal … Read More