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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. 

Digital transformation in school districts

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Optimization or transformation: Public sector ERP in a remote environment
In this session, we’ll provide tools for making enterprise software decisions in a remote environment, whether it is optimizing what you currently have or procuring new. We'll help you evaluate what factors to consider in your decision making.
Tracey Rau
Webinar September 15, 2020 1 min read
Five benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery
Judy Wright
Article February 21, 2020 4 min read
Formulating a business goal-based IT strategy
Sean McBride
Article February 18, 2020 2 min read

The technology imperative
Staying ahead of the curve in the classroom

How changing regulations affect K12

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GASB 87, Leases: A closer look
Join our CPE-eligible webinar to learn more about changes to GASB 87, Leases. We’ll walk you through some examples and help you get your implementation plans on track.
Keith Szymanski
Webinar November 18, 2020 60 min watch Upcoming
GASB update: Are you on track?
Amanda Cronk
Webinar October 21, 2020 60 min watch Upcoming
COVID-19 funding impact on single audits: Key questions and answers
Amanda Ward
Article September 18, 2020 9 min read
GASB 84, Fiduciary Activities: Implementation lessons learned
Ashley Frase
Webinar August 27, 2020 60 min watch

Classroom device strategies
Navigate the complexity of choosing technology

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
Webinar February 19, 2018 70 min watch
Cybersecurity is like a sponge: Five ways to safeguard your data
Sarah Pavelek
Article June 14, 2017 4 min read
Suspect fraud? Seven actions to take now
Eric Conforti
Article April 25, 2017 3 min read
Five benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery
Judy Wright
Article February 21, 2020 4 min read

Related Events

  • GASB update: Are you on track?
    There are several GASB updates coming over the next few years, and now is the time to prepare. This educational session will walk you through the upcoming changes and help you prepare.
    Amanda Cronk Danny Sklenicka
    Webinar October 21, 2020 60 min watch Upcoming
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  • GASB 87, Leases: A closer look
    Join our CPE-eligible webinar to learn more about changes to GASB 87, Leases. We’ll walk you through some examples and help you get your implementation plans on track.
    Keith Szymanski Brian Greko Amanda Gentner
    Webinar November 18, 2020 60 min watch Upcoming
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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 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.
    White Paper 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
    Article January 9, 2017 2 min read
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  • Five signs your district is ready for a new ERP system
    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 March 12, 2019 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 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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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.

How can we help your business?

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