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

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

District Improvement Planning (DIP) for Charter Districts

You have heard the expression “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” and when it comes to school improvement, this is certainly the case. Having a well-designed DIP can help your organization have focus and reach its goals, but in some cases, it is also required by law. According to the federal law, … Read More

TCLAS Grant – Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Support

Wading through the abundance of government funding that has become available in response to the COVID pandemic can feel like swimming in an ocean. Every time you turn around, a new wave is coming. Staying afloat is a challenge, but CSS is here to assist you with today’s lifesaving article that provides the basics about … 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

The Special Education Consolidated Grant Application

Summertime means it’s time to prepare and submit your charter’s 2021-2022 Special Education Consolidated (Federal) Grant application.  These funds (also known as IDEA-B) provide supplemental resources to help LEAs ensure that eligible students (ages 3-21) with disabilities are provided with a free appropriate public education as required by federal statute. At CSS, we are working … 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