Charter School Budget Overview: Best Practices and Processes

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

Campus Improvement Plan or Charter Instructional Plan

Would you travel to a destination without a plan or a road map? Probably not. And just like a road map, your Campus Improvement Plan or Charter Instructional Plan (CIP) provides your team with a pathway to define your goals, create evidence-based strategies to target the goals, and determine how they will be monitored and … Read More

Travel Pay from Federal Grant Funds

Summer is often the ideal time for professional development! If you are considering funding travel for PD out of federal grant funds, please read today’s article to refresh or familiarize yourself with the rules for travel out of federal grants. Despite the fact that gas prices are higher than Mt. Kiliminjaro, TEA has not changed … Read More

Summer PEIMS

It is incredibly important that your Student Information System (SIS) Calendar accurately reflects what occurred in your district each day! In order to receive full ADA funding each of your campus calendars must include at least 75,600 operational minutes, including all applicable waivers. Operational minutes include all daily minutes from the start of student instruction … Read More

Title I Paraprofessional Requirements

It’s hiring season! As you look to acquire new talent, please be aware of the qualifications that Title I-funded instructional paraprofessionals must possess. The “highly qualified” requirements for Title I instructional paraprofessionals were retained when NCLB was reauthorized as ESSA, and TEA has forms to complete when hiring Title I instructional paraprofessionals. Today’s article will … Read More

High School Indicators – Summer PEIMS

Did you know that there are multiple accelerated programs that your district could be offering your High School students? These programs are a great opportunity for your students and can potentially boost your districts’ College, Career and Military Readiness calculations! If your district offers one of these programs, you will need to code the students … Read More

Federal End of Year Activities for Charter Districts

Grab your favorite check-off pen and get started on the required end of year activities to close out current federal grants and get ready 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 … Read More

When to Amend Federal Grants

As the year winds down, so does the period of availability of your federal grant funds. Now is a good time to review your federal grants to make sure the remaining funds are budgeted where you need them to finish out the year. You may find that summer plans have changed, an added expense is … Read More

Comprehensive Needs Assessment

It’s that time of year again!  Time to begin planning for the upcoming school year.  Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the state are currently working with their campuses on planning for the 2022-2023 school year.  To begin this process, campuses must first look at where they are now and use that as a guide to … Read More