Need-to-Knows about State and Federal Report Cards

Turnabout is fair play, and it’s your turn to get your grades! This spring, your schools report cards will be published, and it’s time to complete public dissemination requirements. Please be aware that the Texas Education Agency produces TWO types of report cards annually – the School (State) Report Card (SRC) and the Federal Report … Read More

Title I School-Parent Compact

You’ve probably heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” 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 success … Read More

The Special Education Consolidated Grant Application

Summertime means it’s time to prepare and submit your charter’s 2022-2023 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

Travel Pay from Federal Grant Funds

Update: CSS previously ran this travel article on May 17, 2022. On July 1, 2022, TEA increased the travel rates. Please see changes in red below. The changes only impact mileage. Meals and lodging remain the same. Summer is often the ideal time for professional development! If you are considering funding travel for PD out … Read More

Beginning of Year Activities for Federal Programs

The sun is setting on summer even though it doesn’t feel like it in this Texas heat! There are many things you must remember to do, so CSS has created a federal checklist to help keep you organized. Stay “cool” with compliance, and start checking them off today! The CSS Federal Programs Team works directly … Read More

Beginning of Year Activities for Federal Programs

The sun is setting on summer even though it doesn’t feel like it in this Texas heat! There are many things you must remember to do, so CSS has created a federal checklist to help keep you organized. Stay “cool” with compliance, and start checking them off today! The CSS Federal Programs Team works directly … Read More

Action Required – ESSER III URL Update

Perhaps you have been making changes to your website to get ready for the 2022-23 school year, or your plans for ESSER III funds or COVID protocols have changed. If your charter district received ESSER III funds, the “Use of Funds” plan and the “Return to In-person Instruction (RIPICS)” plan must be posted on your … 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

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