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

The Charter FIRST & PEIMS connection: Do you need a budget amendment?

The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) consists of four mandatory yearly data submissions. These submissions encompass all data requested and received by TEA about public education for all open enrollment charter schools in the state of Texas. PEIMS data directly affects your district’s funding, accountability and compliance systems. One of the major compliance elements … Read More

HB3 Update: Teacher Incentive Allotment

In an effort to attract more attention to the teaching field, the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) is an exciting new allotment implemented through HB3 bill. TIA is meant to encourage people to join the teaching profession by providing a pathway to earn an annual $100,000 salary. Participation in the allotment is completely optional and at … Read More

HB3 Update: Bilingual Education Allotment

Texas has a healthy growing population, and with that, Texas also has an increasing Limited English Proficient (LEP) population. HB3 has expanded the resources and allotments given to schools with a Bilingual Education population to help serve this growing population. TEA states that Texas provides services to the second largest LEP population in the nation, … 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

FLSA Overtime Rule Has Been Updated for a January 1, 2020 Effective Date

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced an updated, final rule for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes are set to go into effect on January 01, 2020. To account for growth in employee earnings since 2004 when the current threshold level was set, the final rule … 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

HB3 Update: Dyslexia Allotment

HB3 introduced the Dyslexia Allotment to be available for the 2019-2020 school year. Dyslexia is comprised of two primary components: Decoding and Language Comprehension which equate to a person’s reading comprehension ability. TEA has stated that 80% of students who read below grade level demonstrate decoding or word reading weaknesses often attributed to Dyslexia. The … Read More

HB3 Update: Charter School Funding

Most of your campuses are in full swing this time of year; staff developments have been completed, cafeterias are full during the lunch hours and classes full of activity. The days continue as they normally would, while the back office deciphers HB3 to make sure that all changes, compliance rules, and funding guidelines are met. … 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