TEA gives Harmony perfect FIRST score
The Harmony School of Science Houston district of Harmony Public Schools received a perfect 100 on the Texas Educational Agency’s 2017-18 FIRST financial accountability ratings, the TEA announced Friday. In total, six of Harmony’s seven districts statewide received the perfect-100 rating. All seven were rated “Superior” by the TEA.
Created by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001, the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) is designed to encourage public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes.
The FIRST ratings are calculated using 15 financial indicators, such as administrative cost expenditures; the accuracy of a district or charter’s financial information submitted to TEA; and any financial vulnerabilities or material weaknesses in internal controls as determined by an external auditor.
“We’re proud of our districts for continuing to strive for both academic and financial excellence for our students and communities,” Harmony Finance Manager Ebru Akyildiz said. “Ratings like these are important because they demonstrate that Harmony schools continue to be good stewards of the funding they receive.”
Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide charter public school system offering a free, nationally-recognized, STEM-focused education to PreK-Grade 12 students in schools across Texas.
In August, the TEA also awarded the Harmony Public School system six “A” ratings in its annual Accountability Ratings. Then in October, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement honored Harmony with an $8 million Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Grant for its pioneering “LEAF to STEM” program, which is focused at innovative teaching methods for science, technology, engineering and math students at the elementary level.
The system has two campuses in the Katy area, Harmony Science Academy (K-5th) and Harmony School of Innovation (6th-12th).
Harmony Public Schools is now accepting applications for free enrollment for the 2019-20 school year at all of its campuses at https://www.apply.harmonytx.org