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Our K-12 experts bring education leaders practical solutions to help them provide exceptional educational opportunities for students despite tight budgets.

We serve more than 200 educational institutions, including K-12 districts, intermediate school districts, private schools, and public school academies. With knowledge gained over six decades of auditing and assisting schools, our team of K-12 specialists can help your district prepare for school accounting and auditing changes, and we work with you and your school board to anticipate challenges, manage risk, and streamline operations. We help identify new ways to leverage technology, protect your district from cybersecurity threats, improve operations, contain costs, and address aging facilities without overburdening already-constrained budgets. We are the second largest provider of single audits, serving school districts, governments, higher education, not-for-profit, and healthcare throughout the nation. The annual expenditures for government programs audited range from $750,000 to $1 billion. 

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Managing risk in school districts

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Cybersecurity is like a sponge: Five ways to safeguard your data
Despite good intentions, IT infrastructure often seems more like a porous sponge than impenetrable vault. Hacks of all types are increasingly common, but these straightforward steps can help prevent them.
Sarah Pavelek
Article June 14, 2017 4 min read
SOC for cybersecurity
Raj Patel
Article May 31, 2017 1 min read
Suspect fraud? Seven actions to take now
Michelle D. McHale-Adams
Article April 25, 2017 3 min read
Hiring cybersecurity talent? Five things you should know
Sarah Pavelek
Article October 25, 2016 2 min read

The technology imperative
Staying ahead of the curve in the classroom

Technology strategies for school districts

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Education and technology: Are you making the right investments?
An IT assessment takes a deep dive into your people, processes, and technology and can positively impact teaching, learning, and research. Here's why you should have one and how to find the right partner.
Judy Wright
Article November 28, 2017 4 min read

Classroom device strategies
Navigate the complexity of choosing technology

How changing regulations affect K12

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GASB 74 and 75: Implementing the new GASB OPEB standards
Struggling to implement GASB 74 and 75 amid OPEB complexities? Watch our on-demand webinar, and learn about best practices for the successful and timely implementation of these standards.
Webinar Thursday, November 30, 2017 60 min watch
GASB 87, Leases: What you need to know
Danny Sklenicka
Article September 27, 2017 5 min read
New OPEB standards: Implementation is here
Katie Thornton
Article June 01, 2017 5 min read
Uniform guidance procurement standards delay: One more year
Manju Patnaik
Article June 01, 2017 1 min read

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K12 Thought Leadership

  • Information security trends for K-12
    Join us as we discuss an overview of information security trends and events facing K-12 institutions. We'll examine the rise of security breaches and identify the steps you can take to protect your organization.
    Webinar June 25, 2015 57 min watch
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  • GASB 74 and 75: Examining the new GASB OPEB standards
    GASB standards 74 and 75 will make significant revisions to the current accounting and reporting for OPEB, both from an employer perspective as well as from a plan perspective.
    Webinar March 08, 2017 60 min watch
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  • OMB grants reform guidebook: Diving into the super circular
    Plante Moran serves over 1,250 public sector clients and we are the 2nd largest compliance audit issuer in the country, completing over 600 compliance audits annually.
    Whitepaper March 04, 2015 1 hour and 7 min read
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  • Uniform Guidance procurement standards: The time is now!
    Follow these steps to ensure that your organization is in full compliance with these procurement standards.
    Michelle Watterworth Manju Patnaik
    Article January 09, 2017 2 min read
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  • How does the evolving K-12 ERP marketplace impact your district?
    In today's quickly evolving administrative system marketplace, options for new features and functionalities abound. Is your existing ERP system delivering all it can? Here are 5 ways to tell.
    Judy Wright Melissa Miller
    Article August 08, 2016 2 min read
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  • White collar overtime regulations mean special exemption for teachers
    The regulations may have significant ramifications for school districts. Since the implementation window is short, prompt review is essential. Here's what you need to know.
    Donna Hanson
    Article June 27, 2016 2 min read
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  • Five benefits of shared services in K12
    As school districts try to reduce costs, many are considering collaborations to enhance their non-instructional functions and services. A shared-service model can help.
    Judy Wright Melissa Miller
    Article June 06, 2016 2 min read
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Our clients say

I can’t say enough good things about the team, they are incredible to work with, and they are very diligent and very detailed. I have worked with a ton of consultants, and what I appreciated most was that Plante Moran never acted like outside consultants. They truly became part of our family, and they took ownership and felt a great deal of responsibility for successful outcomes along with us. I knew we weren’t alone, we were truly partners.

Tammy Evans Assistant Superintendent and Chief Information Officer, Oakland Schools

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ERP software solution for 21-district-consortium
21-district-consortim of K-12 schools is unified following in-depth ERP system selection and implementation, which provides improvements on data collection and regulatory reporting.
Case Study December 20, 2016 3 min read
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Technology assessment for large school district
Comprehensive needs assessment and gap analysis help large school district determine requirements, select, and implement a new student information system.
Case Study September 28, 2016 3 min read

Our Team

Our team of more than 150 education experts includes CPAs, technology professionals, management consultants, forensic accountants, and facilities/construction advisors who have dedicated their careers to serving education clients. We understand the challenges you face. As trusted advisors to hundreds of K-12 school districts, we take our commitment to the education community seriously, continuously monitoring activity at the federal, state, and local levels. We stay on top of the changes and trends that impact your schools and share our analysis and insights to help you adapt.