A.C.A. § 6-20-2305 establishes funding for national school lunch categorical funding and sets forth the programs or purposes for which funds may be allocated. Early intervention programs are specifically named within the code. Response to Intervention (RTI) and Dyslexia are considered an early intervention programs and will meet the criteria set forth in A.C.A. § 6-20-2305.
In addition, A.C.A. § 6-20-2305 authorizes the Department of Education to promulgate rules for this statute. The Rules Governing the Distribution of Student Special Needs Funding and the Determination of Allowable Expenditures of Those Funds 6.07 note national school lunch (NSL) state categorical funding shall be expended for eligible program(s) or purpose(s) that are research-based and aligned to the Arkansas Content Standards for improving instruction and increasing achievement of students at risk of not meeting challenging academic standards.
RTI and Dyslexia services and/or programs that are research/evidence based are appropriate for NSL funds.