Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Open-Enrollment Public Charter School Final State Aid Notice 2019-2020

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Memo Number
FIN-21-005
Memo Date
7/23/2020
Memo Type
Regulatory
Unit
Fiscal & Administrative Services
Regulatory Authority
AR Code Ann. § 6-20-2301 et seq., § 6-23-501 et seq., § 6-23-908
Response Required
NO
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Superintendents; General Business Managers

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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has completed the final fiscal year 2019-2020 state aid notice for open-enrollment public charter schools.  This Open-Enrollment Public Charter School State Aid Notice is posted to the ADE website at http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/fiscal-and-administrative-services/publication-and-reports/report_categories/state-aid-notices-for-open-enrollment-public-charter-schools under the heading: State Aid Notices for Open-Enrollment Public Charter Schools, as “Charter State Aid Notice 2019-20 Final”, in a PDF format labeled with the date July 17, 2020.

The notice has a “data” section and a “funding” section.  The “data” section displays much of the information used to calculate funding.  The “funding” section is sub-divided into categories and provides some of the funding criteria used in the category’s calculation, as well as preliminary funding estimates based on available data.  Also listed in this section are revenue and source of fund codes and expenditure restrictions for each category.  Shaded areas denote information not applicable to the specific charter school.

-All data are subject to review. Updates on the final state aid notice include the addition of fiscal year 2019-2020 ADM as shown in cycle 7 for three-quarter and quarters one, two, and three.

-State foundation funding aid is based on fiscal year 2018-2019 three-quarter ADM for charter schools not in the first year of:

  • Operation;
  • Operating under a new license;
  • Adding a new campus; or
  • Adding a grade at any campus.

-State foundation funding aid is based on fiscal year 2019-2020 three-quarter ADM for charter schools in the first year of:

  • Operation;
  • Operating under a new license;
  • Adding a new campus; or
  • Adding a grade at any campus.

- The final charter facilities funding rate and amounts have been provided.  For more information, see Ark. Code Ann. § 6-23-908 and Commissioner’s Memo FIN-16-020 dated August 30, 2015.

- Final alternative learning environment funding has been provided if applicable.

-English language learners funding is based on students identified in the current year as not proficient in the English language.

-For prior-year funded charter schools participating in enhanced student achievement funding (formerly national school lunch state categorical funding), the enhanced student achievement funding is based on October 1, 2018 certified enrollment data. The effect of enhanced student achievement transition funding is provided, if applicable.  For charter schools that are current-year funded, enhanced student achievement funding is based on October 1, 2019 certified enrollment data. 

-Pursuant to state law, a charter school cannot receive both declining enrollment and student growth funding.  A charter that is eligible to receive both declining enrollment and student growth will receive the category that yields the most funding.  The calculated amount of declining enrollment funding is provided if applicable.  Student growth funding has been provided if applicable, and calculated with actual ADM: comparing three-quarter ADM from fiscal year 2017-2018 to quarter four of fiscal year 2018-2019, and comparing three-quarter ADM from fiscal year 2018-2019 to quarters one, two, and three from fiscal year 2019-2020.

-The effect of updated impact aid (miscellaneous funds) on state foundation funding aid has been reflected where applicable.

 

For additional information, refer to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-20-2301 et seq., § 6-23-501 et seq., § 6-23-908, and the Arkansas Department of Education Rules pertaining to student special needs funding, calculation of miscellaneous funds, and charter schools found at http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/legal/rules.

Please review the state aid notice carefully. If you have any comments, suggestions for improvement, or questions about the form or the data contained therein, please contact David Allison at david.allison@arkansas.gov or (501) 682-4494.

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