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Educating Texas Children, February 11, 2015


  • DUE DATE REMINDER: The Federal Report Cards are now available for districts and campuses by clicking here. These reports differ from the 2013-2014 State Report Cards released earlier and this requirement is in addition to the state requirement. Each district/charter school must adhere to the following requirements when disseminating the reports:


    • post direct links to the State, LEA, and campus report cards on its web site;
    • make hard copies available to parents on request;
    • make hard copies available for viewing in public locations; and,
    • notify parents of all students about the availability of the report cards and the options for obtaining them.


Further information on the NCLB requirements related to the Federal Report Cards is available by clicking here. The deadline for public dissemination is Friday, March 6, 2015. Please keep a record of the date the reports are disseminated as it might be requested during the Compliance Report process this summer.

·         DUE DATE REVISION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has extended the deadline for districts wanting to submit the Indirect Cost Rate Proposal (ICRP) form. The revised deadline is now February 27th(previously February 16th). The ICRP replaces the J-2 form that had been filled out in the past by independent auditors and submitted to TEA as part of each district’s Annual Financial Report (AFR). The ICRP will allow TEA to set a restricted and non-restricted indirect cost rate for districts wanting to claim indirect costs. The form is not a requirement and not submitting it will have no effect on a district’s NCLB entitlements. If your district/charter school wishes to claim indirect costs for the 2015-2016 school year, then the form should be filled out either by the district business office or you can request that your independent auditor continue to do so for a fee to be paid from local funds. The forms with guidance and a PowerPoint presentation are available at TEA’s Indirect Cost Rates webpage.


·         Following is a clarification related to travel expenses: Let’s say two district employees are planning to attend a professional development conference next month in Austin. The cost of hotel accommodations is $240 per night. This exceeds the allowable per-diem amount in Texas ($85) that can be charged to a federal program. If the employees stay in the same room, can the full expense be justified? Answer: The allowable lodging rate of $85 for in-state accommodations is a general figure. The rates differ depending on the city in which the employees will be staying. For March of 2015, the allowable per-diem rate in Austin is $139 per person. If the employees share a room, then their total allowable lodging expense would be $278. They may each turn in an expense report that includes $120 for lodging and the $240 would be an allowable expense if charged to a federal program. To check per diem rates for cities in Texas and out of state, start here. For a similar out-of-state example, click here.


·         Revised Uniform Grants Guidance became effective on Dec. 26, 2014. This new guidance will regulate all federal grants awarded by the US Department of Education to the state or to districts/charter schools after that date. (Grants that were awarded before the December 26th effective date will continue to be governed by the Office of Management and Budget circulars that were in effect when the grant was awarded. This includes all NCLB applications.) On March 2 and 3, 2015, TEA will be conducting two-day training sessions covering the new guidance. These sessions will occur at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on March 2, and from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. on March 3. All TECS consultants will be attending these sessions and an edition of Educating Texas Children will be sent that first week of March detailing changes to existing policies and procedures. TEA will also be providing information and updates at the Association of Compensatory Educators of Texas (ACET) spring conference,April 7-9 in Austin. For more information, visit TEA’s Uniform Grants Guidance page here.

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