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May 30, 2008

Re:      Reporting of eligible students for state compensatory education funds

 

To the Administrator Addressed:

We are writing to inform you of our decision to rescind a policy decision that was conveyed to you in our letter of March 25, 2008, regarding the reporting of eligible students for state compensatory education funds. Specifically, we have determined that the requirement for school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in which 10 percent or more of their student populations are eligible to participate in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) should not be linked to participation in the alternative program for reporting students who meet the income eligibility criteria for state compensatory education funds.

This decision does not waive the requirement set forth in the Texas Education Code, §33.901, for school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to participate in the SBP if their student populations meet the 10 percent threshold. Unless authorized by a current waiver, all districts and charter schools are expected to comply with the state statute that requires participation in the SBP.

School districts and charter schools that do not participate in the National School Lunch Program and do not have their income-eligible students reported to the Texas Education Agency through the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture may report their eligible students through the alternate compensatory education reporting system. The commissioner’s rules require that school districts and charter schools document the eligibility of students reported through the alternative program and provide for routine audits of that documentation. School districts and charter schools that no longer participate in the CNP because of previous problems with the documentation of eligible students may be subject to audits of this documentation.

Please contact Kim Rife in the State Funding Division by phone at (512) 463-9238 or by email at Kim.Rife@tea.state.tx.us if you have questions about the alternative reporting program.

Sincerely,

 

Lisa Dawn-Fisher, Ph.D.
Deputy Associate Commissioner for School Finance

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