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

Risk Management

Risk management is a critical charge that school leaders must proactively address. From the Board to the Superintendent, to the central administration and campus leaders, we all play a part in effectively managing the risks at our schools. What is Risk Management? Risk Management is defined as the identification, assessment, control, and avoidance, minimization, or … 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


Attendance is much more that a teacher counting a student present in class at the official attendance snapshot time. Proper coding is vital to ensure that your district receives the funding that it deserves! Everyone in your district works hard to educate and support your students and it is important that your district does not … 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

Bilingual/ESL Allotment (PIC 25/35) and Written Policy and Procedures

New audit requirements can be a “spooky” topic, but here at CSS, we don’t want to leave you in the dark! Beginning with fiscal year 2022, you will be required to attest that you have written policies and procedures for your bilingual and/or ESL program. Although the same will be required for your State Compensatory … Read More

School-Parent Compact

You’ve probably heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, the same is true about educating a child. When schools and parents work together, we see greater student success.  Parents and schools agree that we want our students to be successful. One of the ways to help our students achieve academic … Read More

Title I Parent & Family Engagement Policy

Now that school has started, our thoughts turn to the Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) activities required of districts and charters who receive Title I, Part A funds. The ESSA Parent and Family Engagement requirements are in effect for both Targeted Assistance and Schoolwide campuses. The CSS team has been at work assisting and advising … 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

Random Validations Begin – Title I, II, and IV

It is highly doubtful you are raising your hand shouting “pick me” for random validation of your federal program compliance. Face it, it’s not like winning the lotto! You can rest easy that if you are selected, you do have time and assistance to prepare. Read on to find out what the random validations will … Read More