Arkansas Department of Education Distribution of 2018-19 Categorical ELL Funds--December 2018

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As per Commissioner's Memo LS-19-013, the Arkansas Department of Education has released the first disbursement of State Categorical ELL funds in December 2018. Districts who submitted the appropriate "Language Minority Student Error Report" to the English Learner Unit by October 15, 2018, received 100% of their 2018-19 Categorical ELL Funds as reflected on the attached “2018_19 December 2018 ELL Fund Disbursement by District Name” list. Final numbers will be reflected on upcoming State Aid Notices.

Districts are responsible for ensuring ELL funds are spent on eligible activities as described in the Special Needs Funding Rules. See the Special Needs Funding Rules, Section 5 for further details. The revenue code is 32371 and the source of fund code is 2276 for State Categorical ELL Funds.

The remaining districts will be funded in February 2019, pending the successful submission of a clean "Language Minority Student Error Report" for students enrolled in the district as of October 1, 2018, as well as submission of the "LMS/ELL Student Report" for students enrolled as of October 1, 2018.

If a district is on the "2018_19 Funds Not Released District list" attached to this memo, the ESOL Coordinator needs to:

1) contact Tresa Cotton, admin assistant with the English Learner unit, at 479-267-7450, or at, for a secure link to submit the necessary documentation 

2) submit a clean "Language Minority Student Error Report" for students enrolled as of October 1, 2018

3) submit an excel version of the "LMS/ELL Student Report" for students enrolled as of October 1, 2018

All outstanding documentation must be submitted by Friday, January 18, 2019.

Please consult Commissioner's Memo LS-19-013, for further details regarding data entry into eSchool and COGNOS reports pertaining to Language Minority Students.

If you have further questions about ESOL services, please contact ADE’s ESOL Program Director, Tricia Kerr, at or at 479-267-7450.

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