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June 30, 2009

Subject:  State Compensatory Education Allotment Inflated Because of Hurricane Ike


During the weeks following Hurricane Ike, school districts in the affected areas were permitted to serve free meals to all students regardless of whether the students met the standard criteria used by the United States Department of Agriculture to determine eligibility under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Funding for compensatory education is based on the average of the highest six months' counts of NSLP-eligible students. Given this funding basis, districts that reported an unusually large spike in the number of eligible students served during the months of September and October because of the hurricane may be adversely affected by the inflated student counts during the 2008–09 and 2009–10 school years.

Districts that have been adversely affected have the option to request a waiver from the use of the inflated student counts. Your district may submit the waiver request to the State Funding Division of the Texas Education Agency.  Please include your amended student counts in your request.

You may contact Kim Rife in the State Funding Division by phone at (512) 463-4809 or by email at kim.rife@tea.state.tx.us if you have questions about the waiver request or amended counts.

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

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