2016-2017 Significant Expansion for Charters

TEA Correspondence, August 18, 2016

Open-enrollment charter schools that have been awarded 2016–2017 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) or Individual with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B) federal grants may qualify for additional funding under those grants if they meet specific criteria defining significant expansion of enrollment.

This letter describes the following:

  • Criteria defining significant expansion of enrollment for NCLB and IDEA-B
  •   How open-enrollment charter schools request significant expansion of enrollment

Significant Expansion of Enrollment Criteria for NCLB

To meet significant expansion of enrollment for NCLB, your open-enrollment charter school must meet both of the following criteria based on the newly expanded enrollment:

  • A minimum total student enrollment of 300
  • At least a 50% increase in the ages 5–17 student enrollment from previously reported student counts

For example, you would meet the NCLB criteria for significant expansion of enrollment if your total student enrollment increased from 275 to 450 and your ages 5–17 student enrollment increased from 200 to 300.

Significant Expansion of Enrollment Criteria for IDEA-B

To meet significant expansion of enrollment for IDEA-B, your open-enrollment charter school must meet both of the following criteria based on the newly expanded enrollment:

  • A minimum total student enrollment of 50
  • At least a 50% increase in the total student enrollment from previously reported student counts

For example, you would meet the IDEA-B criteria for significant expansion of enrollment if your total student enrollment increased from 250 to 375.

How to Request Access to Enrollment Reporting Form

If your open-enrollment charter school meets the criteria for significant expansion of enrollment for NCLB or IDEA-B, email the Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting at compliance@tea.texas.gov with your charter school name, county-district number, and request that your SC5050 be reopened.

The eGrants 2016–2017 Request for Federal Funding and Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools (SC5050–Special Collection) collects actual enrollment data. TEA will reopen the SC5050 for you to enter, certify, and submit updated actual enrollment counts. The updated actual enrollment counts will be verified against the significant expansion criteria.

Timeline for Form Submission and Additional Funding

You may submit the reopened SC5050 as soon as the 2016–2017 school year begins. The final date for submitting the SC5050 is January 31, 2017.

Any additional grant funding becomes available for either the 2016–2017 or 2017–2018 school year, depending on when you submit the reopened SC5050.

Date of Certified Submission Funding Availability
By November 1, 2016 2016–2017 school year final amounts
November 2, 2016, to January 31, 2017 2017–2018 school year planning amounts
Questions: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net
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