FY 2015 Community School Deductions

Am. Sub. H. B. 59 of the 130th General Assembly introduced major changes in the funding of community schools. Payments to community schools however still take the form of deductions from the state foundation payment of the school districts in which the community school students are entitled to attend school. Community school students are counted as part of the enrollment base of the resident school districts in order to generate state funding for the resident district for those students.

The calculation of funding for community schools now utilizes a number of funding concepts and formulae that are also applied to regular school districts. The following funding streams comprise the funding calculation of community schools. Some of the following funding streams are not calculated for internet-based community schools as pointed out below.

Opportunity Grant [Sections 3314.08(C)(1)(a)]

This is the core per-pupil funding calculation for a community school which is comprised of multiplying the formula amount of $5,800 by the formula ADM of community school on FTE basis. The result of this calculation is deducted from the school districts of residence of each student attending community schools as follows:

Deduction from Resident District = Formula Amount X Resident Student FTE attending Community Schools

Targeted Assistance Fund [Section 3314.08(C)(1)(b)]

This is an additional per-pupil funding community schools receive based on the per-pupil amount of the Targeted Assistance Fund calculated for the community school students’ resident school district pursuant to provisions of Section 3317.0217. For a detailed explanation of the school district of residence Targeted Assistance Fund, see the FY2015 Line-by-Line Explanation document.

Deduction from Resident District = Section 3317.0217(A) Per-Pupil Targeted Assistance X 0.25 X Resident Student FTE attending Community Schools

Additional State Aid for Special Education and Related Services [Sections 3314.08(C)(1)(c)]

This is additional funding targeted to special needs students who are identified as having handicapping conditions that fall within one of the 6 broad categories of special education students as follows:

  1. Category 1: Speech and Language Disability – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $1,517 in FY15.
  2. Category 2: Developmentally Disabled; Specific Learning Disabled; Other Health (minor) – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $3,849 in FY15.
  3. Category 3: Hearing Impaired; Severe Behavior Disabled – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $9,248 in FY15.
  4. Category 4: Visually Impaired; Other Health (major) – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $12,342 in FY15.
  5. Category 5: Multiple Disability; Orthopedically Disabled – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $16,715 in FY15.
  6. Category 6: Deaf and Blind; Autistic; Traumatic Brain Injured – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $24,641 in FY15.

Deduction from Resident District = ($1,517 x Category 1 FTE Resident Students attending Community Schools) + ($3,849 x Category 2 FTE Resident Students attending Community Schools) + ($9,248 x Category 3 FTE Resident Students attending Community Schools) + ($12,342 x Category 4 FTE Resident Students attending Community Schools) + ($16,715 x Category 5 FTE Resident Students attending Community Schools) + ($24,641 x Category 6 FTE Resident Students attending Community Schools)

K-3 Literacy Fund [Section 3314.08(C)(1)(d)]

This funding is aimed at providing resources for early education literacy. For each student in grades kindergarten through 3 the community school will receive $290 from resident school districts.

Deduction from Resident District = $290 X K-3 FTE Resident Students attending Community Schools

Economic Disadvantaged Fund [Section 3314.08(C)(1)(e)]

This funding targets students who are identified as economically disadvantaged. For each such student the community school receives $272 from resident school districts.

Deduction from Resident District = $272 X Resident Economically Disadvantaged FTE Students attending Community Schools X Resident District Economic Disadvantaged Index

Limited English Proficiency Fund [Section 3314.08(C)(1)(f)]

This funding is targeted to students who lack proficiency in English language. For each such student the community school receives a per-pupil amount depending on the severity of the language problem of the students involved. The law categorizes LEP students into 3 categories as follows:

  1. Category 1: LEP students are those who were enrolled for 180 days or less in US schools and were not exempted from taking the spring administration of required state English reading and writing tests. The per-pupil amount for these students is set at $1,515.
  2. Category 2: LEP students are those who were enrolled for more than 180 days in US schools or were previously exempted from taking the spring administration of the required state English reading and writing tests. The per-pupil amount for these students is set at $1,136.
  3. Category 3: LEP students are those who are not included in the above categories and are in trial-mainstream period. The per-pupil amount for these students is set at $758.

Based on the above parameters, the LEP funding deduction from the district of residence amounts to:

Deduction from Resident District = ($1,515 X Category 1 LEP Resident FTE Students attending Community Schools) + ($1,136 X Category 2 LEP Resident FTE Students attending Community Schools) + ($758 X Category 3 LEP Resident FTE Students attending Community Schools)

Career Technical Education Fund [Section 3314.08(C)(1)(g)]

This funding is targeted to students in career technical education. The law provides for a deduction from the resident district for each student who attends a community school and is participating in a career technical education program based on the appropriate career technical classification of the student and a per-pupil amount established in the law. For the purposes of this funding career technical students are classified into 5 different categories as follows:

  1. Category 1: WFD in Agriculture and Environmental Systems, Construction Technologies, Engineering and Science Technologies, Finance, Health Science, Information Technology and Manufacturing Technologies – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $4,800 in FY15.
  2. Category 2: WFD in Business Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Law and Public Safety, Transportation Systems and Arts and Communications – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $4,550 in FY15.
  3. Category 3: Career Based Intervention Programs – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $1,660 in FY15.
  4. Category 4: WFD in Education and Training, marketing, WFD in Academics, Public Administration and Career Development – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $1,410 in FY15.
  5. Category 5: Family and Consumer Science Programs – The per-pupil amount associated with this category is $1,210 in FY15.

Deduction from Resident District = (Category 1 Career Tech FTE Students attending Community Schools X $4,800) + (Category 2 Career Tech FTE Students attending Community Schools X $4,550) + (Category 3 Career Tech FTE Students attending Community Schools X $1,660) + (Category 4 Career Tech FTE Students attending Community Schools X $1,410) + (Category 5 Career Tech FTE Students attending Community Schools X $1,210)

The sum total of the aforementioned 7 funding components comprises the total funding of brick and mortar community schools. Some community schools may choose to provide their own transportation services in which case an additional deduction from the school district of residence based on the per-pupil transportation cost of the resident district will be applied to students attending community schools.

As far as internet-based community schools are concerned, the funding is limited to:

  1. Opportunity Grant Funding pursuant to Section 3314.08(C)(1)(a)
  2. Additional State Aid for Special Education and Related Services Funding pursuant to Section 3314.08(C)(1)(c)
  3. Career Technical Education Funding pursuant to Section 3314.08(C)(1)(g)

The funding mechanism and deductions from the school districts of residence for students attending internet-based community schools will be the same as that for brick and mortar community schools as explained above.

 

                              

Last Modified: 9/10/2014 1:45:10 PM