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U.S. Department of Education: Student-Centered Funding Pilot

Deadline: July 15, 2018

Through the Student-Centered Funding Pilot, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) may enter demonstration agreements, under which such agencies may consolidate eligible federal education funds with state and local funds in accordance with certain requirements in order to develop a student-centered funding system based on weighted per-pupil allocations for low-income and otherwise disadvantaged students. Under a local flexibility demonstration agreement, an LEA may use the federal funds allocated through its system flexibly, provided it meets the purposes of each federal education program supported by the consolidated federal funds, including serving students from low-income families, English learners, migratory children, and children who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk, as applicable.

An LEA’s student-centered funding system based on weighted per-pupil allocations must:

  • Allocate state and local education funds and eligible federal funds to the school level based on the number of students in a school and a formula using per-pupil weighted amounts
  • Allocate to schools a significant percentage of all the LEA’s state and local education funds and eligible federal funds, which shall be agreed upon during the application process
  • Use weights or allocation amounts that allocate substantially more funding to English learners, students from low-income families, and students with any other characteristics associated with educational disadvantage chosen by the LEA than to other students
  • Ensure that each high-poverty school, in the first year of the local flexibility demonstration agreement, receives from state and local education funds and eligible Federal funds, when compared to the year prior to entering into the local flexibility demonstration agreement: 1) More per-pupil funding for low-income students; and 2) At least as much per-pupil funding for English learners
  • Include all school-level actual personnel expenditures for instructional staff (including staff salary differentials for years of employment) and actual non-personnel expenditures in the calculation of the funds allocated under the system to schools

Note: “Eligible Federal funds” means any funds received by an LEA under the following Federal education programs:

  • Title I, Part A: Improving basic programs operated by LEAs
  • Title I, Part C: Education of migratory children
  • Title I, Part D, Subpart 2: Local prevention and intervention programs for children and youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk
  • Title II: Preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers, principals, or other school leaders
  • Title III: Language instruction for English learners and immigrant students
  • Title IV, Part A: Student support and academic enrichment grants
  • Title V, Part B: Rural education initiative

Amount: No funds have been appropriated to support a local flexibility demonstration agreement, thus no funds will be awarded. The agreement will provide the flexibility to consolidate eligible Federal funds with State and local education funding in order to create a student-centered funding system based on weighted per-pupil allocations, with accompanying flexibility in the use of Federal education funds. The term is for up to three years (with the ability to renew the agreement). Flexibility may be awarded to up to 50 LEAs (through two solicitations; prior deadline was March 12, 2018).

Eligibility: All LEAs are eligible to apply. Applicants should intend to use the flexibility during the 2019-2020 school year.

Link: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/scfp/studentcentered.html

Note: The following webinars will be held to support interested applications:

  • The first webinars focus on describing how student-centered funding systems function and how to complete the application. These will take place on Wednesday, May 30 from 4:00-5:30 pm and Thursday May, 31 from 2:30-4:00 pm MDT.
  • The second webinars will go into more detail about the requirements of the pilot, provide plenty of time for Q&A, and address lessons learned during the spring 2018 submission cycle. These will take place on Wednesday, June 20 from 4:00-5:30 pm and Thursday, June 21 from 2:00-3:30 pm MDT.

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