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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 for the public sector: You've been hacked — now what?

Cyberattacks often target the public sector. This three part on-demand webinar series will help you boost your cybersecurity efforts by figuring out where to start after a data breach, determine how it happened, and how to protect your organization for the future.

Judy Wright
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Cybersecurity is like a sponge: Five ways to safeguard your data
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

The technology imperative
Staying ahead of the curve in the classroom

Technology strategies for school districts

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The devil is in the data: Optimizing value in the digital age
Are you making full use of the data you collect? Here are some practical ways to gain the upper hand.
Scott M. Smith
Article August 31, 2018 6 min read
Five benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery
Judy Wright
Article August 1, 2018 4 min read
The fundamentals and risks of enterprise projects
Doug Hockenbrocht
Article August 1, 2018 3 min read
Cybersecurity for the public sector: You've been hacked — now what?
Judy Wright
Webinar February 19, 2018 70 min watch

Classroom device strategies
Navigate the complexity of choosing technology

How changing regulations affect K12

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GASB 84: Implementing the new GASB fiduciary activities standard
View our webinar to get up to speed on GASB’s new standard on fiduciary activities. Ensure your organization understands the reporting requirements and is ready to meet these new requirements.
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GASB 83: Asset retirement obligations
Michelle Watterworth
Article September 10, 2018 3 min read
GASB 75 implementation: What Michigan school districts need to know
Eric Formberg
Article March 22, 2018 3 min read
Best practices for successful GASB 75 implementation
Marie Stiegel
Article March 13, 2018 6 min read

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 8, 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 500 compliance audits annually.
    Whitepaper March 4, 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 9, 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 8, 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 6, 2016 2 min read
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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.

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