2019-20 ESSA Grant Extension Notice and Implications

Today we bring you good news and bad news; however, it will all end up working out in the long run. More time is always a good thing, so let’s start with the good news. TEA received approval from USDE to extend the availability of ESSA 2019-2020 grant funds for an additional year (until 9/30/21)! … Read More

Federal End of Year Activities for Charter Districts

Wrap it up, and we don’t mean takeout orders! It is time to wrap up the 2019-20 school year, while ramping up for next year! Charter School Success has developed a list of Federal Grants and State Comp Ed activities important to Texas Charter Schools.  The purpose of this document is to keep you informed … Read More

Make the PEIMS process easier by using the XML Validation Tool

Have you ever waited for hours to process your PEIMS file through TSDS only to find that you have errors you need to research and work through? Then, to make matters worse, you have to do the same long process again just to see if you corrected the error? If so, The XML Validation Tool … Read More

Open Enrollment Charter School – Application vs. Enrollment

Has your district started the student application process for the next school year?  If so, it is important to remember that applications and enrollments are two separate and distinct processes in which different information is gathered. What should occur during the Application Period? During the application period schools should only ask for basic student information. This application is typically … Read More

Charter School Budget Overview: Best Practices and Process

Effective financial management starts with a good budget. A realistic budget is a critical management and accountability tool for charter schools at every stage in their development. The process of establishing a budget forces charters to review and prioritize programs and improvements, helping them allocate resources to areas that are key to academic success. It … Read More

Comprehensive Needs Assessment

Federal Program directors across the state are instructing their Title I campuses to begin planning for the 2020-2021 school year. And this year comes with peculiar challenges since all of us are working from home.  It is important to note that USDE and TEA have not waived any of the Title Grant funding requirements for … Read More

Financial Compliance and Accountability

Because Texans trust charter officials to spend money wisely and efficiently, the state’s financial accountability systems for public charters provides a report that annually examines school funding and compliance issues to confirm that spending has been appropriate.  This report is referred to as Charter FIRST. Districts and charters must also have an outside auditor examine their financial records each … Read More

What Information is Public Information?

In the spirit of transparency, the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) was adopted to help make governmental information accessible to the public. Charter schools, as a qualifying governmental body according to TEC 12.1051(a), must adhere to the regulations and responsibilities outlined in the act. This means that any member of the public for any reason … Read More

Open Meetings: What constitutes a quorum?

In the spirit of transparency, the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) was adopted to help make governmental decision-making accessible to the public. Charter schools, as a qualifying governmental body according to TEC 12.1051(a), must adhere to the regulations and responsibilities outlined in the act. One of the important definitions outlined in the TOMA is that … Read More