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TEA Correspondence

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August 19, 2008

Re: Summer School and State Funding

To the Administrator Addressed:

This letter is to remind you that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) does not provide state funding for summer school programs except for specific programs authorized by statute, such as the Optional Extended Year Program (OEYP). If a student is in membership for additional days beyond the 180 days that make up the state funding year, the attendance that exceeds the 180 days will not generate state funding. Note that, for the purposes of calculating state funding, the state funding calendar year begins the fourth Monday in August unless a district uses a year-round system.

Situations sometimes occur in which a student who has been served in one public school throughout the school year transfers to another public school that is operating a calendar track during the summer. To account for student transfers in which school calendars do not align, up to 185 days of state funding will be allowed for individual students. However, no public school will be funded in excess of its 180-day calendar.

The TEA will adjust the state funding accordingly for any school district or charter school that reports a student whose membership exceeds 185 days during a state funding year. Note that the TEA will not make such adjustments when additional attendance is reported through the OEYP or another authorized program.

Please contact Nicole Schuessler in the Forecasting and Fiscal Analysis Division by phone at (512) 463-9238 or by email at nicole.schuessler@tea.state.tx.us if you have questions.

Sincerely,

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

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