Completing the 2020-21 ESSA Compliance Report

Let’s face it, compliance is not what is fun about our jobs as educators. On the other hand, compliance can help us be more thorough and diligent in implementing our programs for students. Rules for compliance can help us clarify what is expected of us to do our jobs right and stay out of trouble. … Read More

Title I Supplemental Methodology Requirement

SNS is not a typo for SOS! SNS stands for “Supplement Not Supplant,” and prior to the start of school there is a test. It’s called the “Supplemental Funds Test,” and is for LEAs that receive Title I, Part A federal funds. If you need tutoring for this test, today’s article is for you! Many … 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

ESSA Grant Application 

Summer is not vacation time in the federal world. Federal staff are busy planning and writing grants to receive funds for the upcoming school year. At CSS, we have been working with our clients to help them understand the changes in the grant application.  The ESSA Grant Application is the TEA required application for LEAs … Read More

Program Evaluations under ESSA and State Comp Ed

How do you know your federal funds are working for you? Are you getting the most out of your money? Program evaluation is an important part of the process to ensure your federal dollars are being used in the best way. If you are a charter school who either accepts Title I Schoolwide ESSA funds … Read More

Federal End of Year Activities for Charter Districts

We all hate deadlines, but isn’t it nice to have them all in one place? 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 of all the documents that are required this time of … Read More

Mid-Year Federal Grants Review (ESSA & IDEA-B)

Now that you’re about halfway through the year, it’s a good time to stop and check on your progress.  One way to do this is by conducting a mid-year review. The purpose of the mid-year review is to give you an opportunity to see if you are still on track with the planned expenditures; if … Read More

ESSA Requirements: Fiscal and Program

ESSA……NCLB……no child or every student..….which one should you follow? How can you keep it all straight?  Understanding the guidance and expectations associated with each of the federal grant programs helps you implement programs and use funds efficiently and effectively. Let us help you sort through some of the fiscal and program basics of the Every … Read More

ESSA Supplemental Methodology Requirement

Charter School Success previously released a tip about SNS Methodology. TEA has posted the revised Supplement, Not Supplant Handbook available at: Supplement, Not Supplant Handbook All Districts must have the appropriate form on file and available for auditors. Statement of Exemption – form on page 30 OR Description of SNS Methodology – form on page … Read More

Significant Expansion of Open Enrollment Charter Schools

For Charter Schools ONLY! Have you experienced a significant increase in your student enrollment over what you recorded for last school year?  Are you wondering if you might receive an additional allocation of supplemental federal funds?  On September 13, TEA posted a letter notifying all charters of the criteria required to meet the Significant Expansion guidelines. … Read More