Monthly Archives: January 2012

OASIS News – OK State Dept of Education Data

Ray,
 
I think that is very possible and we may even have it [OASIS 2011 Data] available tomorrow. We are waiting on about 10 districts to respond in order to finish the ratio letters and our Data personnel are confident that we can have the other letter concerning Special Education information possibly ready tomorrow if not Tuesday at the very latest. After these two sets of information are ready (and we most likely will not wait on those 10 districts to post if the other letter is ready), I will request that they both be posted to our Financial Accounting webpage as pdf documents for dissemination so you are not waiting on a fax or mail.
 
 
Thanks for your patience and I will send an email out letting everyone know they are ready to print off as soon as they          are ready.
 
Chad Bratton, Executive Director 
Financial Accounting/OCAS & Auditing
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Blvd, Room 4-20
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
Phone: (405) 521-2517
Fax: (405) 522-3271
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NCIS Senate ESEA Analysis and Response

 

Supported Provisions:

 

Federal Properties (Section 8002)

Includes language allowing for reproduction of records

Language is critical for school district that are legitimately eligible, but county records have been destroyed.  The language requires facsimiles of those records to ensure that LEA’s are eligible.

 

Tier I Provision

We support the continuation of highest and best use through the structure under Tier 1 with the base year for payments being the most recent paid out year at the time reauthorization is passed.  In addition, the use of a base year will allow for payments to be made in a timelier manner.

 

Tier II Provision

We support the per acre provision in Tier II making all payments in that section the same per federal acre for all school districts.  

 

Basic Support (Section 8003)

 

Includes concerns addressing distance learning programs

Language prohibits school districts from counting children in such program oftentimes who live hours away from the LEA and do not pose an impact with regard to a loss of dollars.

 

Includes equal proration above 100% LOT

Language ensures that school districts are paid on an equal percentage basis once 100% LOT has been paid out.

 

Includes hold harmless provision (not foundation) at 90%, 85% and 80%

Language would ensure a three year period for an LEA to adjust to new payment formula after enactment.

 

Equalization (Section 8009)

 

Language in Senate bill 

This language reflects current law.

 

 

Opposed Provisions:

 

Federal Properties (Section 8002)

 

Uses 2006 as base year for Tier 1 payments still using highest and best

We oppose using 2006 as a base year, but would support using the most current paid out year as the basis for payments.  

 

Includes consolidation language

This language would pay school districts in perpetuity if two districts consolidated and one or both was eligible for payment as an individual LEA, but not when consolidated.  This furthers special fixes in the law.

 

Basic Support (Section 8003)

 

Allows for updated count for districts experiencing fluctuations of 10% or 100 students due to government practices

A similar provision (once in the law and removed by Congress in the late 90’s) was never used.  By allowing counts to be adjusted mid-year it will slow already delayed payments to school districts.

 

Language for Table 9 (Base Housing and Renovation) that allows for demolished properties to be included when converting children from off base to on base

Language would extend eligibility to housing that has been demolished with no intention of being rebuilt.  To date this practice by LEA’s not allowed under current law has cost taxpayers and taken money from other Impact Aid School districts by approximately $50 million.  Also, language would extend period for which a district can count off-base children as on-base children from 3 years to 4 years.  

 

Basic Support Heavily Impacted (Section 8003 (b)(2))

 

Language (Special Rule H, page 9 of draft) which allows any LEA that received a heavily impacted in FY 2009 to receive a heavily impacted payment through FY 2012 regardless of eligibility.  

 

Language (Special Rule I, page 9 of draft) allows any military district entering into an Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement to remain eligible for a heavily impacted payment regardless of eligibility (currently affects one school district).

 

Additional language allows any military district that has activities associated with BRAC, force structure change or force relocation to remain eligible for heavily impacted payments.  This language would effectively keep every (b)(2) military district to remain eligible in perpetuity.

 

Further language (Section 8009, page 12-13 of draft) allows a specific school district to count federal students in neighboring school districts as their own making them eligible for continued heavily impacted payments.   

 

Construction (Section 8007)

 

Language maintains thresholds for school districts to be eligible for both formula and competitive grant payments

We would support opening construction payments to all Impact Aid eligible school districts through a competitive grant making emergency repair as the priority.