ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-06-004

Date Created : 07/13/2005


Co-op Directors

Type of Memo: Regulatory
Response Required: No
Section:   Internal Administration - Dr. Bobbie Davis
State Aid Notice 2005-2006

Regulatory Authority:
A.C.A. §§§ 6-5-301 et seq., 6-20-601 et seq., 6-20-2301 et seq., Acts 1452, 2121, 2165, 2206, 2283, Regular Session, 200

Contact Person:
Vivian Roberts

Phone Number:


The first calculation of state aid for 2005-2006 has been completed. Due to changes in school funding laws during the 2005 legislative session, the state aid notice has been revised. Each school district’s state aid notice will be mailed July 14, 2005, with a hard copy of this memo attached. After July 14, 2005, state aid notices may be viewed on the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) web page, Click on Publications, then Reports. Scroll down to find, and click to access State Aid Notice 2005-2006 (Report dated July 14, 2005). To view the notice of a specific district, select Edit, then Find. Type the name of the selected school district in the search box, and click Search. Select File, Print, then Current Page to print a copy of the selected state aid notice.

For each funding category, the following information is provided on the state aid notice: indication of the existence of an ADE Rule; the amount of state aid; the applicable statutory act; indication of the existence of expenditure restrictions; the Revenue Code; and the Source of Funds (SOF) Code. The DATA section of the state aid notice shows the data supporting the funding calculations. Subsequent state aid notices will reflect the available current year data. Student Growth Funding will be projected using 2005-2006 first quarter ADM data. Later the Student Growth Funding will be updated with the 2005-2006 two quarter average ADM data. Alternative Learning Environment Funding will be based on previous year data and will be provided once the accuracy of the data has been verified. English Language Learners Funding and National School Lunch Act Growth Funding will be provided when current year data is available. National School Lunch Act Funding for Provision 2 districts will be revised pending receipt of updated base year data. Isolated Funding and Isolated Funding-Act 1452 will be provided at a later date pending interpretation of Attorney General Opinions 2005-115 and 2005-122. In the calculation of Bonded Debt Assistance, questions regarding the appeal process of the 10% reduction may be directed to Dave Floyd at 501-682-4261.

The Arkansas Department of Education Rules may be found at Click on Rules, then Current Rules or Pending Rules. Some Pending Rules that apply to the state aid notice are Rules Governing the Distribution of Student Special Needs Funding-The Determination of Allowable Expenditure of These Funds (This Rule will replace a current rule), Rules Governing Professional Development (This Rule will replace a current rule) and Rules Governing the Closing of Isolated Schools. The Educational Excellence Trust Funds Rule is found under Current Rules. The Schedule of 2005-2006 State Aid Disbursements is attached to Commissioner’s Memo Number FIN-05-045, dated June 30, 2005. Please review the information on the state aid notice carefully. Please direct questions to 501-682-4258.


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