The second fiscal year 2020-21 state aid notice for
school districts is posted on the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary
Education website at Division
of Elementary and Secondary Education - Offices (arkansas.gov). Under State Aid Notices for School Districts, select
State Aid Notice 2020-21 Preliminary (PDF) – March 25, 2021.
For each listed funding category,
the following information is provided: indication of the existence of an Arkansas
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Rule; the preliminary amount of
state aid; the applicable statutory code or act; indication of the existence of
expenditure restrictions; the revenue code; and the fund/source of fund code.
The data section of the state aid notice provides much of the available data
supporting the funding calculations. The funding section of the state aid
notice provides funding amounts based on available data. Changes to data due to
updates or corrections will be reflected in all associated funding categories.
Please note the following when viewing the state aid notice:
• All data supporting the funding calculations are
subject to review.
• Net revenues and 98% of URT X assessment less net revenues
amounts are provided.
• Miscellaneous funds are defined and are calculated
as per Arkansas Code Annotated §§ 6-20-2303 (12), 6-20-2308, and 6-20-2503 (a)
(3). Calendar year 2019 calculated miscellaneous funds and district total
millage rate effective January 1, 2019, are used in the initial calculation of
2020-21 state foundation funding aid and in the calculation of 2020-21 bonded
debt assistance. Calendar year 2020 calculated miscellaneous funds and district
total millage rate effective January 1, 2020, are used to update the
calculation of state foundation funding aid for fiscal year 2020-21.
• The available average daily membership data
reflects data submitted during the most recent submission cycle of the
corresponding school year.
• Alternative learning environment funding is based
on prior year full-time equivalent data. Contact
Jared Hogue at 501-324-9660, Jared.Hogue@ade.arkansas.gov, or C.W. Gardenhire
at 501-580-5660, C.W.Gardnenhire@ade.arkansas.gov, for further
• English language learners funding is provided and
is based on students identified in the current school year as not proficient in
the English language. Contact Tricia Kerr at
479-267-7450, Tricia.Kerr@ade.arkansas.gov, for further information.
• District square miles as calculated by ArcGIS 10
software are provided and may affect eligibility for special needs isolated
funding pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-604 (c) and (d), and small
district funding pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-604 (f). School
district density ratio is one of several determining factors for qualification
for some funding categories pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-604.
• The calculated portion of foundation funding that
is educational excellence trust funds is provided. Changes to the total educational excellence trust fund available for
distribution may result in revised educational excellence trust fund amounts.
Refer to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-5-307 and the Arkansas Division of
Elementary and Secondary Education Rules Governing the School District
Educational Excellence Trust Fund Effective January 1, 2020, for information
regarding the determination of an increase in educational excellence trust
funds allocated for teacher salaries.
• Enhanced student achievement funding is based on
October 1, 2019 national school lunch data. If applicable, the effect of
enhanced student achievement transition and the amount of enhanced student
achievement funding withholding pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-20-2305 (b) and
(e) are provided. Refer to Commissioner’s Memo Number FIN-21-018, published 11/2/2020,
for information on enhanced student achievement matching grant funds set aside
for eligible school districts. Information regarding enhanced student
achievement matching grant funds is not provided on this state aid notice.
• Declining enrollment funding, partial student
growth funding, and isolated funding are provided on the state aid notice.
Pursuant to state law, a district cannot receive both declining enrollment
funding and either student growth or special needs (isolated/small
district/transportation) funding. A district that is eligible to receive
declining enrollment and student growth funding or declining enrollment and
special needs (isolated/small district/transportation) funding will receive the
category or categories that yield the most funding.
• As data becomes available, affected funding
categories will be updated and provided on the final 2020-21 state aid notice,
published in July 2021.
Arkansas Division of Elementary and
Secondary Rules (categorized as current and pending) pertaining to state aid are found at Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Offices (arkansas.gov). The
following Rules are found under Current Rules:
District Education Excellence Trust Funds (arkansas.gov)
Word - dese_268_StudentSpecialNeedsFunding2020.docx (arkansas.gov)
Word - FINAL-- Declining Enrollment.docx (arkansas.gov)
Please review the state aid notice
carefully. A comparison of the most recent state aid notice to prior state aid
notices may prove helpful in detecting errors and variances.