New W4 Form for 2020

To go into effect January 1, 2020, the IRS has released an updated version of Form W-4. This newly redesigned version reduces the form’s complexity and increases the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. While it uses the same underlying information as the old design, it replaces complicated worksheets with more straightforward questions that make … Read More

Charter FIRST Hearing

Charter FIRST is the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). Texas Education Code 39.082 The purpose and goal of having a financial accountability rating system is to ensure that open enrollment charter schools continually strive to improve the management of their financial resources and provide transparency and openly report results to the general public.  … Read More

School Safety and Security Grant Available Now – Due Jan 22, 2020

Rarely does an opportunity come along for a simple, guaranteed grant to help your school district. The 2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant offers a minimum of $25,000 to your district! The funds were made available by the 86th Texas Legislature by Senate Bill 500 in response to the tragic trend of school violence. You … Read More

AskTED – What It Is and Why It Is Important for Your Charter

AskTED is the online Texas Education Directory (TED), which is updated daily.  AskTED is the primary source used by TEA and other agencies to direct communications to the school’s administration and board. TEA expects that the school’s administrators keep AskTED updated with the most recent information, in real time, to ensure the school receives timely … Read More

EDGAR Substitute Time and Effort

Are you funding salaries for your instructional staff using federal funds? Are you aware of the rules and regulations under the EDGAR requirements? If so, here are some helpful tips to keep you informed and in compliance. For in-depth information, sign up now for the EDGAR Staff and Time and Effort (6100 Expenses) online course. … Read More

Random Validations-Title II, Part A

This is the second in a series of tips on ESSA Random Validations Just when you sit back to breathe a sigh of relief that you weren’t selected for the December Title I school-wide program requirements random validation, the Title II window is quickly approaching! CSS continues its series of tips regarding ESSA program random … Read More

Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Requirements

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, A funds. The ESSA parent and Family Engagement requirements are in effect for both Targeted Assisted and Schoolwide campuses. The CSS team has been at work assisting and advising current … Read More

Random Validations – Title I, Part A Schoolwide Program Elements

This is the first in a series of tips. Is your charter school campus ready in case it is selected for random validation? This tip provides some basic information to help Title I school-wide campuses be aware of what is expected and what documentation to have ready. Even if you are not chosen, it is … 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

The Annual Governance Reporting Requirement for Charter Schools

TEA collects information about charter school board members and school officers each year, as required by Texas law and outlined in TEC 12.119(b). This year’s deadline is December 2, 2019! The 2019-20 Annual Governance Reporting Form for Open-Enrollment Charter Schools is due no later than Monday, December 2, 2019. Charters must submit this information through the Charter School Tracking … Read More